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Drugs in Our Schools

Illegal prescription drug use and distribution has infested our local schools – and the Kalispell Police Department is making every effort to uproot it. Earlier this month, the KPD arrested several local teens following an investigation into three of our local schools. School Resource Officer Jason Parce says that the investigation may produce three separate, but interrelated, cases.

The first involves a 15-year-old Flathead High School boy who was allegedly distributing prescription drugs on campus. He’ll face charges of possession of dangerous drugs and criminal sale of dangerous drugs on or near school property.

The second connects two Kalispell Middle School and Glacier High School students. The Glacier student was suspected of being high when a staff member reported him to Parce. When searched, it was discovered that the 15-year-old had paraphernalia and remains of the drug on him. It is believed that the KMS student had made plans to furnish the Glacier student with the drugs, “in exchange for marijuana,” The Daily Interlake reports. The 14-year-old middle school student, who apparently claimed to have obtained them from a Kalispell adult, was discovered possessing the drugs.

The last involves another KMS student – this time a girl. According to Parce, she may face charges of distribution of dangerous drugs on or near school property after allegedly selling prescription drugs on campus.

So, who’s to blame? The police already have a presence in the schools. Unfortunately, so do the drugs. Parce believes the responsibility lies with the law enforcement and the community.

“Our kids are coming into contact with these illicit drugs at such a young age and becoming dependent on them,” he told The Daily Interlake reporter, Jesse Davis. “Without exception, the kids I’ve talked to have had something going on in their lives and felt they had no way to escape it. Unfortunately it’s a downhill slide from there, and we see it all too often.”

Without the input of concerned staff members at the high school, the situation may have remained unchanged. The motive is not to incarcerate children. Parce explains, “if we can stop it at an early age, the chances of these kids succeeding and … having a successful high school career, are much higher.”

For more information about how to detect whether your child is using drugs, please visit the Kalispell Police Department’s website.

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