Marijuana smoking parents busted by their child

Posted on: October 18, 2010

In North Carolina, an elementary student took a lesson learned from a D.A.R.E. program seriously. This program teaches kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The 11-year-old brought a joint into school and told the school officer that his parents were breaking the law.

The police arrested the parents and charged them with two misdemeanor counts each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The parents were not jailed and signed a promise to appear in court. However, the 11-year-old and his/her sibling were taken from the parents and are now living with relatives.

Did this child do the right thing by turning in his parents to the police? What were the consequences of this child’s actions?

First of all, his parents were arrested and the child and his/her sibling were removed from the house. There is no indication if they will be returned to the parents. Also, there may be a possibility of jail time for the parents.

Second, living in a house where drugs are available is not a healthy environment for anyone, especially children. The child was probably fed up with the smell of marijuana in the house. The child knew from the D.A.R.E. program that it was illegal and may have had good intentions of getting his parents off marijuana.

But what is the educational system teaching our children? Turn in your parents to the police if they are using illegal drugs?

The D.A.R.E. program teaches our children not use drugs, alcohol and tobacco, not to turn in a family member for using them. This is a tough issue to sort out. On one hand, the child does deserver a safe environment but on the other hand, the child is now without his parents. Every parent should teach their children to think out the consequences of their actions before acting on them. Every parent should also practice what they preach – don’t do drugs!


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