Thompson parents respond after student found with drugs, guns on campus
After an Alabaster teen was found with drugs and weapons at school, parents have mixed reactions to how they found out about the situation.
Some found out on social media and believe the school system should have been first to tell them. Others are not mad about finding out on social media, but realize that now is the time to talk to their teens.
Aimee Mears has a freshman at Thompson High School. Her son also went to Thompson, and so did she. She says situations like this are why she makes sure to keep a line of communication open with her kids.
"I'm not surprised. I'm not shocked. It's always been happening, even when I was in school," says Mears.
Ecstasy, mushroom powder, Xanax, marijuana, marijuana gummies, and weapons, all found in the hands of a Thompson High School student on campus.
"We want to empower you and encourage you, mom and dad, to take time to have an age appropriate conversation with your student. We want you to sit down at the dinner table and take time to talk to your students about these particular items," says Clay Hammac, commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Mears heard about what happened at school Wednesday while scrolling through Facebook. It was a reminder to start talking.
"Don't just turn a blind eye to it," Mears advises other parents.
She says she makes sure her daughter knows what she could face on a day-to-day basis.
"...A lot of the drugs nowadays look like candy, [so] I show her pictures," says Mears.
Mears says the drugs aren't new, but some things have changed since she was a Thompson High School student.
"Our kids are having to go through lock-down drills that we never had to do as kids going through school. But you talk to your kids, everyday," she says.
Shocked or not, parents whom ABC 33/40 spoke with agree on one thing: they're glad everything is under control and grateful nothing got out of hand.
"I know if something bad had happened at the school and it didn't go down as smoothly as it did, we would have been notified," says Mears.
She offers more advice to parents: be nosey and if you have to, snoop on your teens and get to know who they are hanging out with and who they're talking to online and texting.