The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is continuing to take action, when it comes to rooting out the trafficking of illegal drugs at Dryden High School.
"There is no place, in any of our schools, for the trafficking of narcotics, and we'll continue to take that approach," said the director of education, Sean Monteith, during last night's school board meeting.
Last month, the director of education took the initiative, as he made a deputation before Dryden city hall. Monteith told councillors he hadn't seen a situation like it in 25 years, as the school was dealing with the heightened use of cocaine, methamphetamine, xanax, marijuana, and drugs that are a combination of multiple substances. He noted staff had reported two incidents that had almost cost students their lives.
Monteith said the situation at DHS was the KPDSB’s number one priority, and everything was on the table to address the situation. The Ministry of Education had contacted the KPDSB to learn more about the board’s concerns, as they track the board’s reportable incidents. The KPDSB estimates that DHS administrators spend roughly 30 per cent of their average day dealing with incidents related to drug or alcohol use, and graduation rates have been negatively impacted.
Last night, Monteith went into a bit more detail on how the board is addressing the issue within the school. He noted staff held a hold and secure sweep, in an effort to find illicit drugs and the traffickers. There was also a student assembly to draw attention to the issue, and the director of education said students can expect to see more police officers in the hallways.
Monteith also emphasized Dryden and its high school weren't the only place where illegal drugs were an issue.
"I suppose it's because the narrative has struck a chord or resonated with people. I think it would be naive to assume that Dryden is the only school in the district that faces these challenges. It is the school and the community where we know we have to take this action," Monteith continued.
Police in Kenora have also noted an increase in petty crime associated with illegal drugs in recent months, and there are a number of initiative underway, in an effort to address concerns within the community.
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