WASHINGTON: The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s D.A.R.E. program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana.
Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But D.A.R.E. officer Mike Meyer says the national D.A.R.E. organization has removed the discussion of marijuana from the curriculum.
“The new curriculum starts as of December for us here in Kennewick. It does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all.”
Meyer has been Kennewick’s D.A.R.E. officer for six years. He says he devotes an entire lesson on marijuana.
Meyer says he doesn’t know why the national parent organization that oversees the DARE program has deleted marijuana from the program.