Walking home from school pick up this afternoon, here was a group of 6 young lads (probably no more than year 4 - by the look of them) - passing around a few textas and encouraging the others to sniff them, 'cause it makes you feel all mad'.
I listened for a little bit and let my kids run ahead to home.
One kid kept asking, "but WHY do you smell it?" he didn't sound keen, the others were like,"yeh man..it makes you feel all maaad!!"
all I could do was to turn around and looking them in the eye, say - 'listen guys- every sniff you take of those chemicals will kill all the little brain cells in our head,not good.'
They just laughed nervously.
I'll head up to the school in the morning and inform the principal I think.
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19-07-2012 15:56 #1
Young kids sniffing textas - wwy do/say?
19-07-2012 15:58 #2
Wow, I think what you said was good and yes I think informing the principal is a good idea
19-07-2012 16:08 #3
I can't speak for everyone, but if I didn't know that my DS was doing that or pressuring other kids to do it, and another parent waited with my DS and told me I'd be VERY grateful to that parent for letting me know!
That being said, not every parent is like that. Some would be cranky that you were 'sticking your nose in'. I'd rather know, thanks very much! *chuckle*.
I think telling the principal is a good idea.
19-07-2012 16:08 #4
You're doing the right thing by telling the school. Sniffing is SO common around here. The damage is pretty much irreversible too. So young
19-07-2012 16:18 #5Senior Member
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Good on you for speaking up. Yes tell the principle.. They will hopefully deal with it correctly (in a way that does not give ALL kids the idea to sniff).
Just curious though, were they those smelly markers? Either way I guess it does not matter, as the words spoken are very disturbing..
I doubt a year 4 child knows how to get 'high' from a texta, but he has obviously seen it somewhere...
Honestly, if I were feeling really brave, I would have confiscated the texta's and handed them in the next day.
19-07-2012 16:20 #6
Thanks all, I will definitely pop up tomorrow morning to see the principal.
19-07-2012 16:22 #7
19-07-2012 16:24 #8
My friends and I did this when we were younger too. We just did it a few times because it was naughty/fun. None of us ever went on to take drugs or sniff anything more than that. I think you prob scared them enough.
19-07-2012 16:25 #9
Gosh, good on you for saying something.
20-07-2012 14:29 #10
What did the principal say?
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