Kerry Rhodes and I were recently featured in an article in the newspaper about supporting the recovery high school in Virginia. And I was on an NBC news segment about the same bill, HB 928 sponsored by Del. Carrie Coyner.
Kerri Rhodes knew her son, Taylor, had a substance abuse problem while he was attending Freeman High School in Henrico County.
She would read texts between Taylor and his classmates discussing who had drugs and where to get them. Rhodes recalled that Taylor’s sister was even approached in the Freeman library a few years ago by another student who offered anti-anxiety pills from a zip-lock bag.
Rhodes said she wishes that Taylor, who ultimately graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County, could have worked toward his diploma in a different environment; one without peer pressure and easy access to drugs, which ended his life at 20.
“Those kids need long-term comprehensive support, and that’s what we’re missing in the community and the schools,” said Rhodes, a school counselor in Henrico’s school system. “You can’t be in a high school environment where other kids are using drugs and alcohol.” Read the rest (if you are a subscriber)