November 4, 2014
COMMUNITY UNIT DISTRICT 9
"Southwestern Students Succeed"
After speaking with the drug task force and local law enforcement agencies, we want to inform
parents and guardians that one of the biggest growing concerns in the area is the abuse of
prescription drugs, marijuana, and heroin by young adults. As a result of this information, the high
school and middle school are having the drug task force present to students about the dangers and
consequences of these drugs. We encourage parents to also talk to their children about the dangers
and consequences of using these drugs.
The drug task force also wants parents to be aware that children in the area are selling and/or
trading their prescription medication for other drugs. Please pay careful attention to the
prescription medications that you have in your house. Children taking prescription medications that
are not their own can cause serious injuries and even death.
Students in both the high school and middle school will be closely monitored due to the recent
trends in illegal use of drugs in rural Illinois. We are doing our best to educate and inform students,
and we also want to inform parents that these activities are unfortunately taking place in our area. A
combined effort between home and school will help ensure we take another step forward in
keeping our school system and communities a safe environment.
We encourage parents to contact our school resource officer, Deputy Dan Mathis, if you have any
questions or concerns. His number is 618-729-3211 ext. 1105.
Middle School Principal
High School Principal