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Monday, January 10, 2011

Say it ain't so

I never really thought about the drug problem in Hamburg because well.....it isn't talked about.  However, I have had an influx of emails about the drug problem in the high school.  Teachers indicated that students are allowed to sleep off their highs in the nurses office and one said that when she noticed two kids on drugs during an exam she brought it to the attention of the assistant principal.  The assistant principal said he couldn't do anything and unless they were disruptive to leave them alone.  After reading these emails I decided to call my daughters and speak to my grandchildren all students who went/are going through Hamburg.  All I can say is I was shocked at their honest and candid answers.  They acted like I was so naive and they told me about the problems their friends had after high school.  One died of an over dose, another had major cardiac problems, and yet another spent time in court mandated rehab.  My grandchildren said they could go in the hallways and get drugs whenever they wanted.  They indicated many kids come to school just for the drugs because they know they won't get in trouble if they are caught at school.  I found that difficult to believe, but then I thought what did they have to gain from lying?  All I have to say is, say it ain't so.  Say it ain't so.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is the Hamburg Narcotics Unit? They have offices less then a mile a way. RIP Don, Yes Tax Payers its sad.

Anonymous said...

The district lies about anything they Fear. I have seen it for 23 years, its time to stop. Yes Grads have over dossed and are gone now, too litle too late. This upsets me bc I feel the School could have tought more about drugs. I never learned much about how opiates kill and pain pills is how most become hooked. Its kept quiet out of fear and lack of knowledge from my view point.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:13 Don? Did you mean Dan? How many victims are there?

Anonymous said...

As a kid who went through the Hamburg school system, I understand that there is a problem. All I can say is, anybody who made a decision to do drugs is a moron. We are taught every year from early elementary school that drugs are going to mess you up. I honestly cant understand the thought process: "This cigarette,joint,pill, etc. will kill me, so I'm going to do that." So knowing that drugs will mess me up, I don't do them, and I have no patience or respect for anybody who does.

Anonymous said...

A joint can kill you? Thats the point, its not tought correctly. Im against smoking weed but what do you know about Afghanistan? What is there major crop? Why are we at war with them, they have no oil... And yes I remember 2002.

Anonymous said...

Afghanistan is about poppies, not weed. And its not weed that is the problem the High School. Its Rx drugs that are the problem.

Anonymous said...

you got it Anonymous 5:29, I hope the rest will. :)

Anonymous said...

Is it always the same anonymous that uses : )

Anonymous said...

5:37 please dont use the :). it will confuse those who know me.
Narcotics Unit

"Keeping our kids safe from drugs"

Mission Statement

"Working to attain a safe, drug-free community in which to live, work and raise your family"
The Town of Hamburg Narcotics Unit handles a diversity of cases involving illegal drug trade. From a doctor indicted for giving illegal prescriptions to recovering stolen guns on Buffalo's west side, the unit has strived to eradicate illegal drugs from our town, no matter where the investigations have led.
To that end, the unit has worked with such agencies as the New York State Police, the Buffalo, Evans, Lackawanna, Lancaster, and Orchard Park Police Departments as well as Federal Agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, F.B.I. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It has also made arrests from information developed from crime watch groups and private citizens. This type of cooperation and information sharing between agencies and the public is integral to narcotics enforcement. This is especially true in the suburban dynamic of Hamburg where the illegal drugs are normally obtained and sometimes used outside the jurisdiction of the town, yet we are all tasked to deal with the problems of addiction and its aftermath.
This environment requires that the narcotics enforcement use a multifaceted approach wherein timely intelligence and open lines of communication are utilized. This is accomplished by documenting all field interviews and building a database that is easily accessible to all members of the department. Information must flow freely to and from the patrol division, which are the eyes and ears of the department, to the investigative division.
The unit understands the reality that stringent enforcement alone will not make drug addiction and its accompanying illegal activity disappear. The members are knowledgeable about the various treatment programs available, and have referred many arrestees to rehabilitation. The unit works closely with Judge Gorman's Drug Court, Frontier Resource Officer Paul Randall, and the families of those affected. Furthering the commitment to combat drug abuse, the department has assigned Detective Glenn Zawierucha to the D.E.A. Task Force, where Federal powers can be made part of the overall strategy.

Any information, questions, or input can be relayed to Lt. Kevin Trask at extension 2614. Confidentiality is strictly maintained.

parent with info said...

I will be calling Mr trask tomorrow, I promise...

HHS Staff said...

HHS Teachers, Why dont you have a vote of no confidence in your Principal? Start a petition and present it to the RSB.

HHS Alum said...

Drug problem? Talk about the drinking problem. As recent grad from Hamburg I can tell you that drinking is more of an issue than any kind of other drug.

HHS alum 2 said...

I know right. Remember when the cheerleaders and football players got caught drinking at dances? What a joke. They got ISS and missed two football games and when they were in ISS they got to do whatever they wanted. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know why the kids that come to dances, sponsored by the school arrive drunk and get away with it. Many kids come to school sports games also drunk.It has been overlooked for years by Hamburg Police and the school system.I am very tired of getting no response from the school and Hamburg VILLAGE police.If the vote comes around to dis band the village police dept. I am voting to get rid of them.

boo said...

Ask about your village police who moonlight in blasdell...they collecting two paychecks. They get paid to sit at. RAB mtgs. You know there is a big secret the who's who of hamburg are fighting hard to conceal. Boo hamburg, the truth will out.

Anonymous said...

This has to be heartbreaking for parents of students in the high school. I do have a child in there, and I thank god they have enough smarts to saty away! But what about peer pressure? I would be nicee to know the adminstrators were doing something to stop this insanity! Wake up and get a clue guys!

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the police, blame the parents.

Anonymous said...

So I have no inside look at teh HS like many of you have. Is it more of a problem in Hamburg than other districts? What about at the Middle School? I have kids at the elementary school and all of the posts, in realation to any topic, have been focused on the HS. How is life down at the elementary schools?

HHS Alum said...

A lot of the drinking issues start with the parents. I knew many people who threw parties and there parents would buy for them and sometimes even drink with them sometimes. They simply turn a blind eye. I even had a drivers ed instructor buy beer for someone. It's ridiculous. You're exactly right. It ALL starts with the parents and the home environment. And about school functions: dances, games, and nothing happens. From parents or staff or administration. It's ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Second try for this post!

Come and join reality folks. Bulldog Central had a drug problem even 30 yrs ago with weed, hash, and maybe pockets of speed, coke, and LSD. And let us not forget all the booze. Different century, different drugs, same location, same problem. And to think, Frontier used to get the bad rap for having all the druggies! We just have bigger rugs to sweep all the crap under. Time to get the Dyson Animal out and clean house!!

Anonymous said...

I was drinking vodka in the High School because it felt right. We got stoned every morning before school started, and again through out the day. One time about eight of us lit it up on the bus ride and that was the only time an adult said something about it. When we arived at the Junior High, Moses came on the bus and smelt our fingers, but you cant smell weed on fingers if they smell like cigerates, so half of us got away with it and the police never got called on the rest of us, instead the school became the court. By law shouldnt the police have been called? By the way most of those kids smoked all the way through the junior and senior high.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Owen was one teacher who I loved because every day before business law class, I would smoke a bowl in the bathroom and run to class late. I know that it stunk and he had to know but it didnt bother him. I did do very well in his class however, not sure if he just assumed it was ok or what. It was a lot of fun, but now I know how wrong it was on his part. And why didnt any of my class mates complain about me, or did they? I was in tenth grade and the rest of the class was 11th and 12th and they had to know. I dont know that was years and years ago but maybe somebody will share some current info, I could tell stories all day long but they arent that fresh...

Anonymous said...

I was in mr huens. Economics class and students sniffed coke out of their pen caps while he read the newspaper in the back. This was class of 2001

2011 said...

There's a kid in the high school now who spent a year and a half in rehab. She pops pills all day long...morphine, ox...u name it. She sells them too. Principal was told by some of us at HHS, as we see her steal money to buy drugs and then is in school a missed up. Drugs and booze on the weekends. She's been doing it since 7th grade. Now what do us kids do, call the police?

Anonymous said...

You can blame the parents but what about kids like my good friend whos father happened to be a huge pot head. What hope did he have if you blame the parents? I assume not to many past drug users are about to relive their past for this blog. Parents may be part of the problem but at the same time may be the only solution due to the schools policy.

Anonymous said...

Of course the problem is the parents. There are parents of kids in the high who deal drugs...so what do we expect from their kids. There are kids in the middle school and recently their parents were busted. BUT THE SCHOOLS MUST BE DRUG FREE.

Anonymous said...

Now you got me confused because the post i commented under is gone. Hopefully you got a chance to read that which I was reading and found interesting. Words from the Quest give me a feeling of pride. All though its language is outdated, its message is clear.

Concerned Hamburger said...

Anonymous 5:55, I posted your comment as a separate posting. Go to the front posting page. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Your welcome to say the least.

Anonymous said...

The local Bar crowd should be a dead give away. Maybe Mr. B could let Mr. Kirst watch his cameras... My aunt once had a plane ticket but when she tried to fly home they didnt let her on. She was flying back to the states on military leave and couldnt get on the plane. Our family will never forget what coruption and lies do to others.

Anonymous said...

The district should fire more health teachers.

Who needs to learn about the effects of drugs and alcohol anyway?

Then again, it might not be such a problem if some of the parents took more responibility with their kids and stopped trying to be "cool".

But whatever....blane the teachers, right?.....maybe next year we will all be talking about pregnancies.

Retired Ann said...

Dear, Hamburgler, Readers and speakers of the truth (klozman).
The actions that the High School Principal as well as administration and Supt. in dealing with drug problems in our school system is bordering on neglect if not neglect. I would like to point out when a student presents to the Principal as well as the School Nurse with a suspicion of drugs 911 should be called. The reason for that is to protect the STUDENT and SCHOOL from harm and liability. Generally the student may not be honest regarding possession, sale, or use of illicit drugs. The school IS NOT EQUIPPED to be a law enforcement branch of our government. The school is not an emergency setting prepared to care for an overdose. As reported if the student is allowed to “sleep it off” this presents with the possibility of the student CODING (dying) while the Principal and Nurse stand by. Erie County Medical Center is the place to go. The school is also doing a disservice to the student because often there is an underlying problem that is not dealt with. Borderline personality disorder, bipolar, anxiety, depression and many other possibilities in the DMS 4. Unless the student is diagnosed and treated the addiction will persist. The school dist. being in denial is not helping these students deal with this serious issue. I remind you readers the Hamburg School Dist. is suppose to be a drug free zone for decades. The Principal as well as administration and School Board must be reminded that they are to provide a safe environment for their staff as well as students. Letting kids stay in school dealing and using drugs is not a safe environment for anyone.

Anonymous said...

There was a teacher at HHS who tried to expose the drug problem and the kids who were suffering from drug abuse to Mr. G Instead of honing in on the kids who were abusing, he reprimanded the TEACHER. He made them go to Detective Melisz at the Village Police, and further told the teacher if they dont report the drug problem to the police, the teacher would be charged with a crime. Yes, a teacher who tried to expose the problem to her direct report was told to go the police as a matter of disciplining the teacher. Is Mr G trying to drum up business for his daddy's drug rehab center? There is something very strange, and dishonest, about that man.

Anonymous said...

Drug rehab center, What?

Anonymous said...

There is enough blame to go around. The school is to blame for realizing there is a problem yet doing nothing to fix it. The students are to blame, because let's face it, they're old enough to know better. The parents who approve of the drinking because they're too lazy to parent. If your child is drinking and smoking and posting about it on facebook and you're their friend and yet you do absolutely nothing about it, you're a dummy. You're a bad parent, IMO. You suck at your responsibility. Parents need to parent. Teachers need to teach. Students need to learn by example. Administrators need to clean house if there are problems.

Anonymous said...

I agree parents need to parent but what about the "good Kids" do they have to suffer being around druggies and drunks all day long.Why do they students who want a good healthy solid education have to put up with this crap all day long.It's time the school does something and the village police.Come on it's not bad parents to blame all the time

From WIVB said...

Student charged with passing out pills
Updated: Saturday, 19 Feb 2011, 6:58 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 19 Feb 2011, 2:22 PM EST

Posted by: Eli George
ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A 15-year-old male Ellicottville Central School District student has been arrested for allegedly passing out pills to classmates.

On Thursday, Superintendent Mark Ward said three middle school students had to be taken to the hospital after ingesting prescription pills and becoming sick. A teacher had noticed one of the students behaving oddly during class and reported the incident. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's office investigated and charged the 15-year-old with fourth degree criminal diversion of a prescription medication and endangering the welfare of a child.

Ward said all of the students were okay. The juvenile will face the charges in the Cattaraugus County Family Court.

Copyright WIVB.com

Truth of the RX Runners said...

You know what you get when you distribute pills around HCSD? Lets guess, HHS Principal , et al cover it up. And when drug runners lie, the men in community schools, police, justice, they lie, too. The drug tales in HCSD are almost unbelievable. Honest people's lives have been ruined. Doesnt it make sense that kids which are caught with stole Rx drugs in school would lie about where they got them and why they have them? duh!

address drug problem said...

RX problem in HS

Not the Town of Hamburg Police, they meet the drug problem head on.
Frontier calls in resource offices and deals with drugs head on also. Hamburg is in the village, not the town so the Town of Hamburg police force I'm sure you are not referring to. I talk to my kids and they tell me that there are students that they know who deal drugs at the HS, they are known to the principal, what he does with it nobody knows except that these kids who deal are still in school. We are suppose to be a drug free zone, but from what my kids tell me it is anything but. We don't meet this problem head on. These kids on drugs need help not enabling.

Stop the insanity said...

A few years ago, 2008, a teacher who reported students using drugs was harassed by the administration. The teacher, who had the information from students was harassed. The teacher was told they needed to report any info they got to detective M, in the village. Another insider. The teacher was written up for reporting kids, harassed by HHS Principal G and eventually transferred out of the bldg. I guess thats what Mr G does with teachers who reports drugs, moves them out of the way.

Anonymous said...

"I was drinking vodka in the High School because it felt right. We got stoned every morning before school started, and again through out the day. One time about eight of us lit it up on the bus ride and that was the only time an adult said something about it. When we arived at the Junior High, Moses came on the bus and smelt our fingers, but you cant smell weed on fingers if they smell like cigerates, so half of us got away with it and the police never got called on the rest of us, instead the school became the court. By law shouldnt the police have been called? By the way most of those kids smoked all the way through the junior and senior high. "

Just read this and it is funny because I was one of the students who was taken off the bus and searched. I was good but one of the others lied about where he got his pipe.