The HoS reports:
A drug dealing 12-year-old took a kilogram of cannabis to sell to his mates at an intermediate school.
The kid with the stash, worth about $7000, was busted when his friends at Auckland’s Manurewa Intermediate were caught smoking some of the cannabis.
The 12-year-old had been given the drugs by a family member to sell at school.
I hope that family member is now in jail.
Labour’s education spokesman, Trevor Mallard, said police and Child, Youth and Family (CYF) should be told of every drugs case in primary and intermediate schools.
“The sharing of this information could well help the kid in the long run. It might be that CYF and police decide to do nothing but they should have that information.
“That’s something that the minister should look at.”
But Education Minister Anne Tolley indicated on Friday that was unlikely. “This issue should be of concern to everyone – parents, communities, boards of trustees and teachers,” she said.
“Boards manage schools and develop their own policies – and most would notify the police or CYF in the event of a drugs issue. That’s a commonsense approach – and schools shouldn’t need the Government to tell them that.”
I’m basically with Trevor on this one. If we are talking kids not yet at secondary school, then I think there must be mandatory notification. This is too important to leave to school discretion. Sure you don’t want schools having to report every 17 year old who is caught with some pot, but hell if a kid is into drugs at age 10 or 12, then they are at serious risk of a life of dysfunctionality.Tags: CYF, drugs, Police, Trevor Mallard