To the Editor-
I am a sophomore at SPASH and I am writing this letter because I am unhappy with SPASH’s learning environment and the lack of staff involvement to improve it.
Daily, on SPASH grounds, teenage students smoke cigarettes and marijuana on SPASH’s campus. I witness this each morning walking on the sidewalk connecting North Prentice Street (known as “Sophomore Lane”) to SPASH. Typically, sophomores and other newly licensed drivers park on this street.
Before and after school, I see dozens of students openly smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes in their cars with their friends.
In addition to smoking in their cars, during lunch hours many students smoke marijuana on the Green Circle trail across from SPASH that leads to the sculpture park.
Also, every day I deal with a group of students who smoke on the sidewalk, after school, connecting SPASH to North Prentice Street. They have purposefully blown smoke into my face as I passed by. It seems as if they are taunting someone to stop them from smoking because no one ever does.
Quite frankly, I am very angry about this. I am angry that there is a full-time police liaison at SPASH who has failed to permanently stop these minors from committing crime. I repeatedly witness the same students smoking in the same locations at the same times.
I am angry that there are cameras all over campus, but they have not been used to put an end to this. I am angry that none of the administrative staff care enough to stop this from happening on MY school’s campus. I attend school for one and only one reason: to learn.
I do not want to be directly exposed to drugs and cigarettes while walking on campus grounds. I should not have to worry about being exposed to crimes, cigarettes, second-hand smoke and marijuana while I am at school, and sadly that is not the case.
Madeleine Burch, Stevens Point