The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 16, 2012

Didn't DARE

Jeers to Chief Paul Yost and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Commission on suspending the D.A.R.E. program for students at Donald Eichhorn Middle School. The department has a trained D.A.R.E. Officer on staff who will not be teaching the program.The Buffalo Valley Regional Police declined to approve the request of a retired D.A.R.E. instructor to teach the program as a volunteer until they get their house in order. D.A.R.E. America approves the use of retired officers as long as there is an affiliation between the retired officer and the department. It need not be a paid position or a sworn officer. There should not be a money issue for supplies since East Buffalo Township transferred around $6,000 received from fund raisers and donations for the support of the D.A.R.E. program to BVRP. The Middle School program is especially important since prescription and over-the-counter medicine misuse and abuse is on the rise for this age group. More resources are needed to educate our kids on refusal skills and the consequences of misusing or abusing these medicines, not less. There is a phrase posted in the hallways at Donald Eichhorn Middle School, "If it's best for our kids we do it." Apparently, Chief Yost and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Commission do not feel the same way.

Robert E. Hoffman,


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