A Woodbridge mom claims student drug abuse at Amity Regional High School is rampant. She says even abuse of prescription drugs like Adderall is prevalent.
“It’s mind-blowing,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her child’s identity. “Its very, very concerning. We’re talking about acid, we’re talking about live cocaine in the high school,” she explained.
The woman said she’s coming forward now in hopes of warning other parents after her child was recently busted at Amity High for possession of prescription drugs.
“It’s coming from the actual school,” the mother said. “It’s in the school. She can go to A, B or C and get whatever she needs.”
News 8’s Mario Boone checked with Woodbridge police and learned cops have made seven drug-related arrests inside Amity High since the start of 2018. Officers issued drug-related citations to another five students in the school.
“Administration is doing their best to try to keep it as silent as possible because obviously it protects the school’s image,” the mom told us. But not so says newly hired superintendent of schools, Dr. Jennifer Byars.
“I think the message is out, and I think it’s a combination of the education and knowing we have very low tolerance and we’re going to respond rapidly,” said Byars.
In her first TV interview since she started 12 days ago, Byars explained Amity has a dedicated drug counselor, provides three years of anti-drug education starting in ninth grade and works proactively to search out harmful substances on campus.
“We will look in cars, lockers, book bags, on their person,” Byars said.
Not only does Amity provide counseling for students who abuse drugs, the district provides support even for students who come from a household with drug abuse. The superintendent says it’s an extra step some school districts do not take.