St. Jerome Middle School Parents,
As our students enter their teenage years, and as our 8th graders prepare to move on to a larger school environment, it is natural for them to be curious about a variety of subjects. One of the subjects they may be curious about is the underage consumption of alcohol, or the use of illegal drugs. While it is normal to ask questions about the drug and alcohol use students see on T.V. and hear about in songs, we hope you will take the time to speak with your child about the damage drug and alcohol consumption can do to developing brains and bodies. This developmental age is the perfect time to discuss family rules and expectations, as well as the unrealistic portrayals of drug and alcohol use they may see on T.V. or hear about in songs.
Below you will find some websites that may be helpful to inform discussions with your child about underage alcohol consumption or use of controlled substances.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Palo Alto Medical Foundation: