On November 11th 2003, in the town of Goose Creek, South Carolina, state police stormed into a crowded high school hallway with their guns drawn handcuffing students left and right. The reason for this unnecessary raid was, none other than, drugs.
Video tape from the high school shows handcuffed students sitting against a wall while police point guns at them and police dogs sniff their backpacks. Ironically, no drugs were found during this raid.
Drugs have always been a theme at West Sylvan. The recent statistics show that 14.4% of 7th and 8th graders have smoked marijuana in the past 30 days.
Has anyone ever asked 'why?' Locker searches are more and more frequent. What will that solve? Will the person stop smoking?
"I think that middle school was made to make a person go crazy. Smoking is the only way a person can keep from shooting themselves," one person says.
"Everyone needs a past time, something to excite them. I smoke for the fun of it, nothing more. We're just bored, that's all," another person comments.
Most of the people in middle school can relate to this person when she talks about boredom. Get up in the morning; hearing that chilling sound of the alarm clock. Get up. Take shower. Get dressed. Brush Teeth. Take bus to school. Repeat 5x.
From the book The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gato, it states: "School was put fourth to make good people. From good people come good citizens. From good citizens come consumers. Since bored people are the best consumers, school had to be a boring place, and since childish people are the easiest customers to convince, the manufacture of childishness, extended into adulthood, had to be the first priority of factory schools. In the new system, schools were gradually re-formed to meet the pressing need of big businesses to have standardized customers and employees, standardized because such people are predictable in certain crucial ways by mathematical formulae.
This routine; this boring, awful routine we must go through. Not just middle schoolers, but adults alike. No matter how much everyone hates it, we all just keep working. A distraction from this routine would be nice...
This is where school has to change. One way to change is to not have testing. Testing only makes students less creative and more 'bored'. All classes now are pretty much geared towards getting a good test grade. Which, in the long run, will make us nothing but 'good consuming citizens.' People will not stop smoking marijuana if life in school continues to be so dull.
"Weed makes a person feel like they are lying naked in satin sheets," comments another.
The people I interviewed offered a way to have their life no be so dull. It was an alternative to this routine, and was their reason to use marijuana. This did not shine any positive light on marijuana. That is what their opinion was. To put it simply: Just because that's what their opinion is, does not mean you have the same one. Also, if a teacher tells me everyday that drugs are bad. I, for example, have that same right to be able to say drugs are good. Or at least question the teacher. I am, by no means saying drugs are good. I am just using that as an example to prove my point.
There are reasons people use marijuana other than what the teachers, the parents, the psychologists, etc. think they know. And my article was intended to show people those reasons and understand them.
Instead of overanalyzing the issue and trying to find a deeper meaning to the reason than what the reason really is, let us make our own decisions. We appreciate you expanding our knowledge on the issue. However, there is a fine line between giving us facts on marijuana to let us make our own decision and putting thoughts in our head. And when you start putting thoughts in our head, you are doing more harm than good.