Friday, June 6, 2003
For the second time in as many weeks, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has arrested teenagers for bringing drugs to school.
On Monday, two juniors at Hood River Valley High School were caught in possession of “crank,” a cheap derivative of cocaine. The two girls were arrested following an investigation by Principal Steve Fisk that began with an anonymous tip. One of the juveniles was also found to be carrying a small amount of marijuana during a consentual search.
“I think it’s really great that a student came forward with information to help get this stuff out of his/her school,” said Detective Gerry Tiffany.
In fact, Fisk said he has been inundated within the past week by confidential messages from students about known drug dealers and their peers who need help. He commended these teens for be willing to step forward and make their school a drug-free zone.
“I’m not sensing that our kids are afraid to talk about this problem and I see that as a positive step,” said Fisk, who held a special assembly to ask the more than 1,000 high school students for assistance. His request followed the May 29 collapse of a junior girl from heart palpitations after she experimented with methamphetamine. Two of her peers, one male and one female, and a freshman girl, were arrested in connection with that incident. Last week these four students were subjected to an expulsion hearing for violating the school code against drug use. Fisk declined to comment on the outcome of that meeting, but said he was very encouraged by the cooperative spirit of both the teens and their families.
“I see this situation as a chance to help a kid and help a family — it’s another opportunity to turn something around,” he said.
The two girls arrested this week will also face disciplinary action that could result in a one-year expulsion from the school. Fisk believes one of the most important role of an educator is to teach students that they are accountable for their choices and that there are consequences for negative actions.
He believes that goal is best accomplished by using “straight talk” to solve a problem.
With that belief, Fisk showed students at the recent assembly the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.
He wanted them to see the “poisons” that would enter their bodies with use of the drug, items that included battery acid, acetone, bleach and fertilizer.
Tiffany, who is charged with the investigation of county drug cases, applauded Fisk for taking a strong stand with the teens under his charge.
He believes that action will serve as a catalyst to get other community members more involved in the local fight against drug abuse.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge