School tackles drug misuse

PARENTS are being invited to a meeting in Wisbech later this month to hear how a junior school is combating the threat of drug misuse. Judith Skelton, head of St Peter s C of E School in Trafford Road, has written to all the parents of her 242 pupils invi

PARENTS are being invited to a meeting in Wisbech later this month to hear how a junior school is combating the threat of drug misuse.

Judith Skelton, head of St Peter's C of E School in Trafford Road, has written to all the parents of her 242 pupils inviting them to attend.

The meeting takes place at 7.30pm on June 28 and Ms Skelton says it will be an opportunity "to look at the extent of young people's drug misuse and what the school is doing to offer children appropriate drug education.

"Just as important, there will also be discussion about how parents can communicate with their children about drugs and what we can all do to help children live safe in a world where drugs are all too readily available."


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Ms Skelton added: "Many of us are worried about drugs: our newspapers are full of stories about drugs. And we hear of young people getting injured or even killed through illegal drugs.

"Cigarette smoking and the excessive use of alcohol are major threats to young people's health. Very few children of primary school age actually experiment with illegal drugs.

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"But we know that even young children are aware of legal and illegal drugs so we need to give them accurate information appropriate for their age and to answer their questions clearly and honestly."

She said the Government encouraged schools to begin drug education in the primary school and to involve parents and the local community "and that's why we are calling this meeting."

CONTACT: St Peter's, 01945 583570.

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