Wilks brings drug education to school

Sparwood Mayor, David Wilks, has three years experience in drug enforcement with the RCMP, and equipped with that knowledge, he addressed the parents of Frank J. Mitchell Elementary school last week.

Sparwood Mayor, David Wilks, has three years experience in drug enforcement with the RCMP, and equipped with that knowledge, he addressed the parents of Frank J. Mitchell Elementary school last week.“I basically went over the two main drugs we see here in the Elk Valley, cocaine and pot, and gave the parents some insight into what to and what not to look for if their children are using drugs,” said Wilks.He said that there isn’t a drug problem at Frank J. Mitchell or in the Elk Valley but that the sooner you can educate parents and children the better.“If parents aren’t going to be honest about what they know about drugs, the kids will just go to the Internet,” said Wilks. “Grades 1, 2 and 3 can Google stuff now so they can look it up easily.”He said that the Internet has changed the way parents communicate with their kids about drugs. “The access of the Internet has made it more difficult for parents to trick their kids,” said Wilks.After he addressed the group, parents were able to ask some questions.“They asked the standard questions of why we can’t do more, and what they should be looking for as parents,” he said.Wilks has addressed the high schools in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford and said the tone of the message changes when he talks to students instead of parents.“I use more of my street-talk language,” said Wilks about talking to high school students.He said that he was invited by the Parents Advisory Council at Frank J. Mitchell, and said, “Anyone that wants to have a frank discussion about drugs in the Elk Valley, I’d be happy to be involved if I’m invited and have the time.”

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