Marijuana abuse prevention plan introduced to school board

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. District 51 has seen an increase in the number of students that have been suspended due to marijuana use during school hours or events. The current number of students suspended is 26 which is more then half of the total number of suspended students last year at 41.

For the first time, a committee made up of different school representatives including the assistant principal from Fruita Monument High School, presented a marijuana and substance prevention plan to the board.

The plan would include some of the actions currently taken when it comes to discipline, but would also include more preventive measures and education.

"Letting students know what the risks are at an early age, as early as grade five, and then wrapping those services every grade level through 12th grade," says Todd McClaskey, assistant principal of FMHS.

The program would also ask for support from the community. It’s not just a school district issue but a community issue. The school board will now take the report given to them and consider adopting the measures for next year. Part of the program would be based on whether or not they can get a Tony Grampasas Grant that's awarded by the state. That grant would be used to help educated younger kids on how to say no.

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