Erika Edwards Report on High Schoolers bring drugs and alcohol to school:
THEY SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC... BUT TOO MANY TEENS ARE DRINKING AND SMOKING MARIJUANA DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
Joseph Califano - CASAColumbia: "It's alcohol and drugs that are putting the high in high school, not advanced education."
JOSEPH CALIFANO AND FELLOW RESEARCHERS AT CASA-COLUMBIA IN NEW YORK JUST RELEASED A SURVEY OF A THOUSAND TEENAGERS.
NEARLY EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM -- 97-PERCENT -- SAID THEY HAVE CLASSMATES WHO DRINK ALCOHOL, USE DRUGS OR SMOKE CIGARETTES -- OFTEN WHILE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION.
AND IT'S NOT JUST CIGARETTES THAT ARE BEING SMOKED IN THE BOYS ROOM...
Joseph Califano - CASAColumbia: "It's likely that the overwhelming proportion of conduct that the kids are talking about is drinking alcohol and smoking pot."
OVER 40-PERCENT OF THE SURVEYED KIDS SAID THEY KNOW A CLASSMATE WHO SELLS DRUGS -- MOSTLY MARIJUANA.
52-PERCENT SAID THERE'S A PARTICULAR SPOT ON OR NEAR CAMPUS WHERE STUDENTS KNOW THEY CAN GO TO GET HIGH.
Joseph Califano - CASAColumbia: "It's easy to do this on school grounds and near school grounds without getting caught."
THE PROBLEM IS NOT LIMITED TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MORE THAN HALF OF PRIVATE SCHOOL TEENS SAID DRUGS ARE IN THEIR HALLWAYS, TOO... A 50-PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE YEAR BEFORE.