November 6, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014
Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services
As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.
In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.
He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.
“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”
April 22, 2014
Liberty High School
Alina Nguyen, senior
“It has caused many people I know in my community to grow distant from relationships and hide from their responsibilities or problems.”
Christine Dao, junior
“I’ve witnessed families being torn down due to it.”
April 22, 2014
The prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers is skyrocketing, as more youths are being challenged by emotional, mental and social difficulties.
In October 2012, the Issaquah School District conducted its fifth biennial Healthy Youth Survey among Issaquah sixth-, eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. The anonymous survey asked about students’ physical activity and nutrition, drug abuse, emotional health and other “risky behaviors.” Questions regarding substance abuse made up more than half of the survey.
Today’s high school students experience laborious amounts of homework, time-consuming extracurricular activities and elevated parental expectations. As teenagers begin entering high school, some resort to substance abuse to cope with the additional stress and responsibility they didn’t face in middle school.