You gotta love stories like this one: D.A.R.E. Officer excelled before arrest for drug use.
“He was actually an excellent D.A.R.E. instructor. The kids related to him and they enjoyed having him in class,” Selb said. Thiel taught approximately 70 students last year. The D.A.R.E. instruction hasn’t started for this school year yet.
Thiel was arrested Wednesday, charged with official misconduct for allegedly having and using drugs.
I don’t see the problem. I mean, who better to teach kids why it’s bad to use drugs then someone who’s currently using them himself? He has first hand knowledge of why it’s a bad idea! What better qualification could you ask for?!
I have a problem with the whole D.A.R.E. concept anyway. My daughter had to participate in it one school year and we went to the “graduation” ceremony and I was appalled at the whole concept. It didn’t seem to be so much about education as indoctrination and smacked more of a religious ceremony than anything else. The kids had to learn a rather cutesy song and the whole thing was a colossal waste of time and money. From what I’ve seen of teen drug use rates it doesn’t do a damn thing to help the problem either. D.A.R.E. needs a serious overhaul before I’ll be comfortable with it and it’s only the high point of irony that an officer involved with it is using drugs. I’m willing to bet he’s not the only one.