Concerns linger after Cleveland HS drug incident

February 2, 2012 7:29:45 PM PST
Just days after more than a dozen students were treated for drug use at Cleveland High School, the community is coming together to address what many fear could be a bigger problem.

That high school drug incident has a lot of parents asking questions, and community members answered many of them during a meeting Thursday evening at a restaurant called The Hot Biscuit on South Washington Avenue.

As police and Cleveland ISD continue their investigation into the drug incident that left 16 Cleveland High School students sick here this week, more and more parents are now speaking out.

"My biggest concern is where are they getting this from?" parent Pebbles Davison said.

Parents like Davison are concerned after hearing those students fell ill after consuming Lorazepam, a prescription drug commonly used to treat anxiety.

Sheilyn Dyson's teenage son also attends Cleveland High. She wants answers about the four students now accused of passing out those pills.

"I wouldn't blame them if they prosecuted them. I wouldn't blame them if they prosecute the parents either because this is wrong," Dyson said.

The drug problem has some members of this community taking quick action to address the issue.

"This is very serious and I was devastated about it," said Brenda Myers.

Myers is the president of Community and Children's Interest Group, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping kids safe. The group hosted a town hall meeting to help address parents' and students' concerns about the types of serious drug issues that left all of those teens seriously sick.

"We've done over 4,000 surveys in all the communities that surround us. This is just not in our community, this is an epidemic, and if parents do not bring more awareness to what's going on with their children, there's going to be a lot more deaths and a lot more kids hurting themselves," Myers said.

Some parents say what happened at the high school earlier this week should serve as a wake up call.

"As a community, yes, everybody needs to get involved and try to make a change," Davison said.

One of the speakers parents was expected to hear from is a student who became hooked on prescription pills in middle school. And she was going to talk to parents about her devastating experience.