In the heyday of school drug use, we put police officers in the schools to stop the drug abuse from worsening. So it’s not surprising that National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre proposes the police as front-line defense against drug abusing and mentally ill students or adults bent on gun violence.
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BILL: The congressional Safe & Drug Free Schools program sure has linked drug abuse and gun violence in the minds of many parents.
DR. DAVE: In the heyday of school drug use, we put police officers in the schools to stop the drug abuse from worsening. So it’s not surprising that National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre proposes the police as front-line defense against drug abuse and mentally ill students or adults bent on gun violence. Sort of a “DARE 2013” approach…
BILL: The idea of reviving DARE has been showing up in our mail with some pretty passionate feelings for and against.
DR. DAVE: From my view, there’s no reason well trained DARE officers couldn’t provide security as well as drug abuse prevention programming.
BILL: Our readers have also made me aware that in some areas, DARE police address both school gangs and bullying.
DR. DAVE: There are many links between school violence and drug abuse. Eric Harris, one of the two Columbine shooters journaled about having alcohol around for confidence. Dylan Klebold had a history of alcohol abuse to the point his nickname was “Vodka”.
BILL: Dave, I know you were on the teams that responded to two deadly shootings — Santana High School in San Diego (2001) and Red Lake High School (2005) in Minnesota. In both cases, the shooters had established problems with drugs, right?
DR. DAVE: I spent three weeks working in the guidance counselor’s office after 15 year-old Andy Williams shot 15 people at Santana High — two later died. He would later say that he was smoking marijuana practically every day — “It was the only thing that, like, kind of sort of made me happy.”
BILL: Minnesota’s student massacre was worse than that wasn’t it?
DR. DAVE: It certainly was, Bill. Much like Adam Lanza at Newtown, 16-year old Jeffrey Weise killed two adults at his house and then drove to Red Lake High School where he killed seven more people. He tied his drug abuse with his growing desire for violence on his website: “nothing but your average Native American stoner” struggling with “accumulated rage suppressed by . . . brief glimpses of hope . . . faded to black.”
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