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But what makes these 'party drugs' a lot more worrisome is that their presence and availability is not limited to parties or bars and clubs alone. If you're keeping up with the news, then you've probably heard of the recent arrest of two college students involved in illegal drug trade. Yes, college students, one of them already in his senior year.
|Illegal drug substances amounting to Php 1.5 million were found |
inside the condominium unit of one of the arrested college students.
"The background is because there was a case, elementary students that were caught in possession of 20 or 30 sachets of marijuana na binebenta sa school at ginagamit pa nila so well that was the result of the inspection that [was] conducted by the teacher," Eleazar revealed.
|NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar inspects the illegal drugs confiscated during the raid.|
"I just want to clarify that even when I was still the district director of QCPD (Quezon City Police District), I have suggested that already to the district supervisors of DepEd in Quezon City but the idea is for them to inspect, not the police," Eleazar explained.
"So naisip ko na mas maganda siguro na the teachers have surprise inspection of the bags and lockers," he added.
Although many individuals, including parents, welcomed this proposal, there were many others who opposed and said that this inspection policy might allow Oplan Tokhang to victimize students. Even Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones was against this idea, because according to her, "this violates the students' right to privacy".
|What's in your bag?|
If DepEd and CHED will reconsider this suggestion and come up with a protocol for the inspections, then maybe we can actually nip the drug problem in the bud. We can keep kids away from these drugs, seek help for those who are already involved, and track down the source of these illegal substances.
"If we can inspect belongings at malls, why not in schools?" Eleazar reiterated.
The man has a point.