School Sends Letter to Parents Asking Them to Not Smoke Weed at Drop-Off

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Just when you think you've heard it all, here comes a story that will make you question whether or not it's real. Would you believe me if I told you a UK primary school sent a "stop smoking weed" letter to parents? Yup, it happened.


Apparently, one too many mums and dads have been caught blazing up outside St. John's Primary in Radcliffe. In fact, the amount of marijuana smoking during drop-off has gotten so bad, the school's deputy head teacher, Mrs. Binns, had to send a letter home.

Say what?!

In case you can't read it, here's what it says:

Dear parents/carers,

We have had concerning reports that parents have been using cannabis around the school premises as they drop off and collect their children.

This has been reported by parents and has been noticed by some of the older children.

This is a serious safeguarding concern and if further complaints are brought to our attention, we will notify the relevant authorities. We have informed the community police service and they are likely to be keeping a close eye on this situation.

Please respect our school as a place of learning and make sure that you set an appropriate example within the community.

If any parents have further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me in school.

Mrs D Binns (deputy head teacher)

I don't care how much of a marijuana advocate you are, this isn't okay. For starters, if you're going to light up, why not wait until after you drop your child off at school? Just like with smoking cigarettes, I'll never understand why some think it's okay to expose others to secondhand smoke.

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Now, folks can go back and forth all they want about whether or not parents wearing PJs to drop off their kids is okay -- but this?


There's something about possible impaired driving -- and a child's safety -- that doesn't make me think smoking weed outside a school (and that's assuming Mom or Dad didn't start at home) is smart. Plus, if we're trying to teach about academic success, this is probably not the way to go.

Is school drop-off really that stressful?

Just say "no."



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