Friday, September 3, 2021

High

Friday. Sixth period. We were doing some district mandated standardized test, so the kiddos were quiet, and the room was calm. It was after the middle of the period, so the majority of the students were actually finished.

Helen asked for a restroom pass. She returned a short time later.

Not too long after her return, she approached me. Whispering (so I had to ask her to repeat as whispering and masks do not work well together), she informed me that she felt like she was going to throw up, and could she step outside? 

Yeah, I don't want to deal with any of that, so I let her go.

She returned shortly thereafter, went to her desk, and put her head down.

I asked her if she wished to go to the health office. She did. (I probably would have insisted if she hadn't.) 

This was my last day covering the vacant English class (the new teacher they hired started and was in the room with me during this), so I went up to the office to check out at the end of the day. 

Because it had been sixth period, Helen had ended up in the office where I check out. (The health office only has coverage part of the day, and no longer is there an actual nurse on campus. Well, sometimes, maybe. But not usually.) The secretary told me that Helen had been taken away in an ambulance. Drugs. 

Helen took something. Her body didn't react well. (Apparently, her parents were close by, so they were at the school quickly.) I'm not sure if she was coming down or if she had taken it when she used the restroom. (She hadn't taken anything in class. At least, if she had, she managed to do it in a way that three adults in the room did not notice.) 

I just... 

I mean, I hope she's okay. I hope she learned that drugs are bad. But, I know this sort of thing is going to happen again.

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  1. Oh, that’s horrible, and I hope she’s ok.

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    1. Hopefully. I think I saw her this week? (I'm in a different class now.)

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  2. She had the smarts to agree she needed to go to the health office. Sounds like she felt terrible, and throwing up is so awful, maybe she did learn a lesson. I wouldn't want to repeat anything that made me nauseous!

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    1. I know. Maybe that might be how she learns that drugs are bad.

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    1. I don't know if the discipline office will get involved. If I ever find out, I'll update.

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  4. Oh my goodness how scary - at least she was able to get to the hospital!

    Hope you are having a great weekend :) We went to Australia Zoo yesterday, so much fun :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thanks. It's a holiday weekend here, to three days. Woo-hoo!

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  5. What a no-win situation for all, though the immediate outcome could have been worse. Best wishes to everyone.

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    1. Yeah, better she got the help she needed in that moment.

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  6. Glad Helen parent got there quickly.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  7. Poor thing, hope she felt better quickly.

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  8. Poor kid, maybe the right experience to help her to not do it again...

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  9. Scary times, and in these times, I can only think student drug use has gone up, along with adult drug and alcohol use. I hope she learned her lesson, but it's just sad overall. The (hopefully) good thing is that her parents were right there, and were close by.

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    1. I'm sure drug usage went up just due to the boredom factor when stuck at home. I had hoped it would have remained at home. Sigh.

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  10. I sometimes wished that kids would have a terrible reaction the first time they were to do drugs, hoping that would stop them trying again. There used to be some commericals that I used to share for folks to watch. Esp. kids. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=montana+meth+commericals+fromearly+2000s&&view=detail&mid=51DC7CD9612E56A8C40E51DC7CD9612E56A8C40E&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dmontana%2520meth%2520commericals%2520fromearly%25202000s%26qs%3Dn%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D-1%26pq%3Dmontana%2520meth%2520commericals%2520fromearly%25202000s%26sc%3D0-40%26sk%3D%26cvid%3D97ACE4CEA2694929B12503CB8F6A8BBC

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  11. Poor girl! However, outcome could have been so much worse.

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