Open Up Your Eyes

and help those that need it.

What would you do?

What would you do if a student came to your classroom smelling strongly of alcohol? Would you confront them about it? Just let them be? You'd think that you would never be placed in this kind of situation at such a nice high school like Coppell High School, but you'd be surprised.
In a survey conducted by Amy Wessenberg, a CHS student, of the kis at CHS, 38% of kids have consumed alcohol without their parent's permission and have been offered alcohol by another CHS student. 79% of kids know someone that has consumed alcohol without their parent's permission. As you can see, underage drinking is an underlying problem at CHS that we need to be aware of.


In an interview with Officer Ricky, an officer that works at CHS, sai that, "[Underage drinking] is a problem everywhere." He's right.


Underage drinking is more than a teenager drinking just to relieve stress at the moment. Accoring to a Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control, youths who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life. This can lead to serious health problems as they get older.


It's our job to help where we can.

Solution

Let your kids know you are there for them if they need to talk. Don't be one of those "only classroom" teachers. If you think something might be going on with a student, talk to them. Don't just leave it alone because you're unsure. You could help save their life.