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Posted: May 9, 2010 10:26 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
In regards to the article “Mother shares son’s heroin death to make others aware” (The Signal, April 29), I take exception to some of this woman’s thoughts.

Although I, and many others, share in her sorrow, I had to question why she would blame the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s  Station and the City Council for “not doing enough.”

She is correct about our children needing to know the truth about drugs and what’s going on in our community.

I, for one, know there has been a program for more than 20 years in the SCV that has brought this type of awareness to our fifth- and sixth-graders, namely, the Sheriff’s Department STAR Program. (Success Through Awareness and Resistance)

This program, taught by qualified deputies, has been bringing this message. So, when she says it’s not enough, it’s probably true. We need this program to expand. This is also a great resource for parent meetings at no charge.

To say that there is nothing done about the drug dealers, all a person needs to do is look at the Sheriff’s Station’s website, and you can see what’s being done. Maybe that’s still not enough.

Blaming the William S. Hart Union High School District is not nice, either. They do offer some meetings and informational programs for students.

I have two students in this district, and they tell me stories of problem students on their campus. My wife and I stay very close to their activities and friends they “hang with.”

Maybe a reminder to parents here: Parents need to be informed and be the parent. Not let go of their children too soon when they can’t make logical decisions.

Besides, this mother’s son probably had some kind of awareness in his school growing up. My son is 22 years old and still remembers.

Let’s not forget, her son was 24 and did make a choice to use drugs.

Again, my sympathy goes out to her and her family. I can’t imagine a deeper sorrow. But there is help out there for the asking. Our prayers go out to her, and our community that could probably do more.

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