20 Years ago Smok­ing stu­dents a traf­fic haz­ard at Clarenville High

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial -

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.

Ross Whiffen of Bon­av­ista was one of two New­found­land Olympic torch­bear­ers cho­sen to fly to Cal­gary and take part in the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­monies for the 1988 Win­ter Olympics. The other New­found­lan­der was Jeff Clark of Spring­dale. At the Bon­av­ista...

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