Drug Law

D.A.R.E.: Teaching Kids to Turn in Pot-Smoking Parents

| by Reason Foundation

By Radley Balko

When it comes to its stated mission—keeping school-age children from trying illicit drugs—the D.A.R.E. program has been a failure. But D.A.R.E. does have a fun history of teaching kids to turn their pot-smoking parents in to the police.

It happened again last week:

The 11-year-old student is in 5th grade at a an elementary school in Matthews.  Police say he brought his parents' marijuana cigarettes to school when he reported them.

Matthews Police say he reported his parents after a lesson about marijuana was delivered by a police officer who is part of the D.A.R.E. program, which teaches kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

"Even if it's happening in their own home with their own parents, they understand that's a dangerous situation because of what we're teaching them," said Matthews Officer Stason Tyrrell.  That's what they're told to do, to make us aware."..

Police arrested the child's 40-year-old father and 38-year-old mother on Thursday. 

Both were charged with two misdemeanor counts each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were not jailed and were released on a written promise to appear in court...

Police say both the 11-year old and a sibling have been removed from the parents' house by social services.  

Proving once again that pot ruins lives. Not because of the drug itself, but because of what the government will do to you if they catch you with it.