Mar 31, 2016 2:24 PM
BEDFORD - Bedford officials are looking at bringing in more counselors and allowing canine drug sweeps at the high school after a survey of students found teens are drinking alcohol more and being offered drugs on campus.
According to The Bedford Bulletin, 88 percent of students at the high school — nearly 1,300 teens — completed the anonymous Youth Risk Behavior Survey last spring. The students were asked about alcohol use, drinking and driving, marijuana use, suicide attempts and more.
The results showed 31 percent of the Bedford teens admit to drinking alcohol, a rate slightly higher than the state average of 29.9 percent and the regional average of 27.8 percent.
127 students said they approve of frequent use of alcohol
207 reported riding in a car with a driver who had been drinking
70 indicated they drove while drinking
171 students were either offered, sold or given drugs on school property
315 students reported they currently use marijuana
244 students said they had been bullied online
The results of the survey were released to the Bedford School Board at a recent meeting.
Some of the proposed solutions include bringing in another alcohol and drug counselor, as well as more educational forums on drug and alcohol abuse. Bedford High School Principal Bill Hagen said the survey results underscore the need to have canine drug searches at the high school as a deterrent, a proposal that is now being explored by the School Board.
Other measures have already taken place in Bedford to help address the issue, including the new BeBOLD initiative, a coalition working to provide a safe and healthy community for its youth by creating awareness and implementing programs to eliminate drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
In the coming months, officials will be reviewing the district’s health curriculum.
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