Prayer about drugs in school

John Falkingham, Headteacher of the 865-pupil Garstang High School in Lancashire, England, was instrumental in initiating a police drug sweep at his school in March 2000. The sweep gained considerable media publicity and became a precedent for action in schools elsewhere in England. Andrew Wilson, a freelance journalist who founded the Lakeland Press Agency and the Lakeland Echo newspaper in the north of England, interviewed John for the Sentinel.

What gave you the idea for the drug sweep? Was this a particular problem at your school?

It is one that, sadly, applies generally in society now. There are two main issues that I think every school is facing to some degree: One is bullying, and the other is substance abuse. No school can afford to be complacent and imagine that these issues don't have some impact on the local community.

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September 1, 2003

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