Stockbridge Youth Journalists: Rumor has it Stockbridge has a drug problem

Feb 10, 2013

I have been living in Stockbridge all my life, going to Stockbridge schools. In my time in Stockbridge I have not seen anyone use drugs.

I have heard a few people talk about using drugs, but just a few. This gets me bewildered when kids outside of the Stockbridge district call us meth-heads and druggies. 

I’m not saying nobody in Stockbridge schools uses drugs, but we’re not living in the middle of a Breaking Bad episode.

Stockbridge Police Chief Johnny Torres told me there have been only seven controlled substances violations in town this year. Students have all kinds of different ideas about drug use in Stockbridge. 

Alex Noffsinger, a junior, says,  "Overall I don't think Stockbridge has a drug problem, there is a small group of students who use drugs, it's widely known."

Sophomore Sailor Hendricks might disagree, saying "a lot of people do smoke weed." But Hendricks didn't go so far as to say he thought Stockbridge has a drug problem.

The problem seems exaggerated to me. Stockbridge is just a normal school. We’ve got problems just like any other school, but it’s time to stop pushing the idea that we’re all stoned.