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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Middle School Says 'No' to Inhalant Abuse

From the Ottumwa Courier:

"Kids don’t understand the potential deadly consequences this behavior can result in, and it just scares me to death,” said Dan Maeder.

The principal has good reason to fret after two recent inhalant abuse incidents put school officials on high alert. The administration, led by the school's principal, is advocating efforts to educate the student body about the dangers associated with huffing.

While education is key, the principal noted a potential barrier to the administration's efforts- peer pressure. "A lot of kids worry about ‘ratting out’ their friends,” said Maeder. “But in a potentially deadly situation, saving a friend’s life should be the priority."

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