Discovered and reported to a school administration earlier this month by a public school parent, a disturbing new drug that clearly targets children, marijuana 'candy,' has hit the streets and schools, nation-wide.
21st century children already face enormous challenges, risks and dangers on a daily basis.
Introducing a silent, smokeless way for children to ingest marijuana is going to create countless more nightmares and tragedies in public schools.
Imagine if an autistic, developmentally challenged or behavior-disordered child ingested this unknown concoction.
Disguised as colorful 'gummy candy stars,' it is hard to imagine that any child would be suspect of, or refuse this 'treat,' if offered.
The ramifications of unsuspecting or even consenting child consumers are horrifying, especially in DC's overcrowded public schools.
With already unmanageable numbers of students populating many DC public schools, the further overcrowding of students underscores the dangers of developments like this new street drug 'candy' circulating around schools.
This is particularly notable in light of this week's new proposal from DCPS to close and consolidate 15 elementary and middle schools, sending hundreds of young special needs students to unfamiliar new high schools like Cardozo SHS, the site of the handgun murder of 16-year old Antar A. Hall by a 14-year old student.
Follow Examiner this week to follow the lawsuit just announced against DCPS by award-winning 'Empower DC' to save 15 beloved, historic neighborhood schools from closing, to protect the jobs of hundreds of loyal DC Public School teachers and staff, and to prevent 2,000 DC students from being unfairly displaced and forced into rough, unfamiliar and already over-crowded and underachieving schools.
Details and a formal announcement of the lawsuit against DCPS are expected this week.