Today’s Editorial Sept 19: Teens + ganja = trouble

School has just really gotten under way and we’re already got a black mark against students at John Gray High School.

A 15-year-old female student apparently took ganja-laced brownies to school.

Seem like a funny scene from a 1970s-1980s-era movie like I Love You, Alice B. Toklas?

No.

It’s not funny at all.

It’s not cute.

It’s wrong.

Possession of ganja is illegal in the Cayman Islands.

What’s most disturbing is that a 15-year-old girl was able to procure the illegal substance and took it to school, not concealed in her book bag, but openly displayed in a chocolate desert.

We’re not naïve enough to believe that 15-year-old girls in this day and age don’t know about illegal substances.

And as for making the ganja-laced brownies, there are myriad recipes on the internet and hey, it doesn’t take a mental giant to buy pre-packaged brownie mix and throw in a little marijuana.

And apparently it doesn’t take a mental giant to take brownies laced with an illegal substance to school to share with fellow students; how irresponsibly stupid.

Seven of those who ate the brownies (we don’t know if they knew they were eating ganja-laced brownies) became ill, prompting visits to the school nurse, and, in some cases to hospital.

If even one of those students had been fatally allergic to the substance we’d have a bigger problem on our hands than teenagers taking illegal substances to school.

Earlier this year it was made known that John Gray and George Hicks had gang and other problems.

That news, in part, prompted Education Minister Alden McLaughlin to get serious about education reform.

It was hoped that those reforms would mean that the beginning of this school year would put the focus on education of our students instead of reacting to problems at our high schools.

Things seemed to be going smoothly.

Until now when at least one teen is facing criminal charges because of a bad choice about bad brownies. She also faces a life with an ugly reputation even if she does get out of the charges.

We’re a small country and an even smaller island. Even if her name is never uttered in the print or broadcast media, people will know who she is.

The matter is under investigation. We don’t know what, if anything, will happen to the seven who took part in eating the brownies.

We hope this incident serves as a reminder to every student in the Cayman Islands and even to adults. Bad choices usually lead to bad consequences.

We also hope this is a wake up call to all parents. Do you know everything your child is involved in? You should; not just to keep them out of trouble with ganja-laced brownies, but for their education, lives and futures.

Hopefully this will be the last negative incident that mars John Gray or any of our other schools this year.

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