Safety Tips this Summer
During the summer break, Sacramento City Unified School District’s Office of Safe Schools/School Resource Officer Unit wants to remind you to keep safety in mind.
Candy selling job scams young people
A number of elementary students in the Sacramento region have been approached by adult individuals to sell candy. These “recruiters” offer to pick up children near school sites and later transport them throughout the Sacramento and Elk Grove region to sell candy; charging customers $5.00 while only sharing a small profit with the children. The School Resource Officers advise this is not a legitimate fundraiser of any sort. It has also been reported that children are transported in vehicles without proper seat belts for all children in the van and the children are “supervised” by older children, not the “recruiter.” The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department reported that one of the “recruiters” was contacted and advised officers that he had permission slips from parents for the involved children. The Sacramento City Unified School District in no way supports this form of child labor, and cautions parents to research the “recruiter’s” business license, insurance and criminal background prior to granting permission to strangers to transport and engage with their children. Your child’s safety is our priority.
Marijuana edibles pose danger to teens
School Resource Officers (SROs) want to ask parents to discuss the potential dangers of marijuana and marijuana consumption. According to the CDC, there are some different risks than smoking marijuana. Edibles take longer to digest and to produce a high. Therefore, people may consume more edibles, such as marijuana laced brownies that may lead to dangerous results. Students may also consume more of the edible because they report not feeling any effect initially, and continue to consume the edible which can result in marijuana poisoning. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), high doses of marijuana can result in mental confusion, panic reactions and hallucinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “38% of high school students have used marijuana in their life. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use. CDC also advises that frequent or long term marijuana use is linked to school dropout, and lower educational achievement.” Problem solving, memory and learning and shorter attention spans can be affected in teens whose brains are not fully developed until they are in their mid-20s. For additional negative effects on school and social life, go to www.cdc.gov/marijuana/facts. (Sources used: www.cdc.gov and www.dea.gov)
Outdoor safety doesn’t take a break
As children will be spending more time outdoors, please take time to remind your child of a few important safety steps:
- There is safety in numbers – avoid walking alone.
- Avoid shortcuts – walk only in safe areas.
- Never go into anyone’s home or get in a stranger’s car.
- If approached or followed by a car, do not approach the car or speak to those inside, even if asked. Run in the opposite direction and seek help.
- Remain alert to surroundings.
- Always report suspicious behavior.