All Call: Alcohol & Drug Use by Teens

Superintendent Dr. James Gay sent the following message as a phone message and email to all District 230 families.

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Good Evening. This is Dr. Jim Gay, Superintendent of Consolidated High School District 230. The serious nature of alcohol and drug use by teens warrants a slightly longer message than usual. I appreciate you taking time to listen.

We continue to hear disturbing stories about dangerous and sometimes deadly behavior by teens in the south suburbs, including underage drinking and drug use, particularly prescription medications and heroin. These concerns are shared by educators, law enforcement and community agencies.

As educators, my colleagues including the principals of our three high schools have been saddened and moved by these reports. Tonight, I am calling all District 230 families to ask for your assistance in helping to keep the children in our communities safe. Please talk with your children about these dangers.

We strongly believe that all adults – parents, educators, law enforcement, community and religious leaders – must be vigilant in knowing what teens are involved in when adults are not present.  As a community, we need to work together to help teens make healthy, responsible choices. Our schools work closely with parents, law enforcement, religious and community leaders and social service organizations to help educate teens in an effort to prevent them from making unhealthy choices. In order to be pro-active, we all must continue to work together to protect the safety of our kids.

Please visit our district website at for this message as well as a list of resources designed to help parents understand current pressures facing teens and where to access help if a student is in need. As always, all of our staff and administration, specifically our school’s guidance counselors, deans, social workers and student assistance coordinators, are available to assist any student or family in need.

Maintaining a safe environment that allows students to learn and grow to their potential is our priority. School, home and community must work together in order to help teens make positive, healthy choices.

Thank you for taking time to listen to this important message.


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