After the January 19 Town Hall meeting at Poway, organizers of the event are now gathering feedback from an online survey on teen drug abuse
and alcohol abuse
As of Tuesday, there were 134 respondents to the survey yielding results that suggest the need for the implementation of random athlete drug testing
, more effective crackdown on “party buses” which transport teens, and transparency on drugs in school campuses
According to Steve Vaus who initiated the community forum, respondents were given the following choices in answering questions to the online survey: absolutely, possibly, undecided, and no way. Comments were also welcomed along with their answers.
It was no surprise that 90% of those who took the survey favored drug testing for school athletes
, 67% saying “absolutely” and 23% said “possibly.”
There were also 86% who said that they wanted to be informed about drug or alcohol offenses on campus, 75% saying “absolutely” and 11% choosing “possibly.”
With regards to “party buses,” 82% said they wanted to have a total ban on vehicles
that transport teens to events which often carry drugs and liquor too.
Interesting comments gathered from the online survey include one participant stating parents should stop allowing their kids to use their credit cards to reserve party buses. Others also added that they have not heard of reports of student arrests or anything about substance abuse from campuses.
Comments like “when kids get caught, don’t sweep it under the rug,” and “withhold names, but publish everything about arrests and anything/everything that has to do with substance abuse,” and “how about parents stop letting their kids use their credit cards to reserve party buses. Parents, step up and get tough,” only prove that people are concerned about issues affecting the youth.