On the heels of a drug bust at Brookfield High School in December, concerned community members formed a group as a way to combat the growing problem. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Principal Vicki Enyart:
The newly-formed BHS Parent Advisory group has launched a campaign to make Brookfield a drug-free campus. The “Drug-Free Loud, Bulldog Proud” campaign was launched after officials noticed an alarming trend, but the idea had been in the works for some time. “This campaign started about three months prior to the drug search in December when we began to hear certain discussions among our students,” Enyart said. “The school campus should be 100 percent drug free. It is our job to ensure that goal is met. The saddest days of my life are when students that I’m in charge of caring for are taken out of here in handcuffs or end up in a court somewhere. What a loss of opportunity for so many young people.”
Enyart said it’s going to be a challenge to maintain a drug-free environment for students, but they’re prepared to tackle the issue. “There is a serious need for local assistance for our kids. One of the problems that were are running into is when kids have gotten involved in a group, and if drugs are associated with that group, what we are hearing from [the students] is that it is almost impossible to get out of it. The hold is so strong. How do we help kids break away and stay free from it?”
A meeting to plan for the drug-free rally has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brookfield High School library.