20 Years ago Smoking students a traffic hazard at Clarenville High
One parent is smoking mad at Clarenville High School’s decision to move the smoking area for students. Students used to smoke behind the school, but a policy – which was only enforced this year – bans smoking on school property. Students are now smoking on the edge of the parking lot in front of the school.
Clarenville High School principal said they had to move the students from behind the school because of problems with busing and vandalism. It essentially became a non-sanctioned hang out for smokers, he said. Behind the school where students used to smoke, buses pull up and drop off the students. However, a concerned parent who wrote a letter to the school, says the new smoking area places students in the way of traffic entering the school parking lot.
“I have on numerous occasions come very near to hitting these kids,” the parent wrote.
The students were not supposed to be on the parking lot, the principal From the April 14, 1998, edition said, but because of their large numbers they have spilled onto the pavement into the pathway of traffic. During school breaks 20 to 30 students can be seen smoking in front of the school.
Several students told The Packet they would rather smoke behind the school. They were also less visible to visitors to the school. The school is trying to find a solution to the problem and hopes to have that solution in place after the Easter break.
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