School trying to beat drugs

ISLAND School has, over the past few months, featured prominently in your pages regarding drugs and young people. We are not altogether unhappy about this, firmly believing that drugs constitute a major danger to adolescents.

Nor do we underestimate the size of this problem. At Island School we try extremely hard to protect our young and their families by: Having a thorough and regularly up-dated drug education programme. Holding evenings for parents in order to explain the programme and enlist their support. Holding evenings in conjunction with the PTA so that parents can share worries and concerns about raising adolescents. Employing an experienced counsellor to work with troubled students. Liaising closely with various support services. Holding seminars and in-service training for teaching staff.

Our willingness to confront the issue will, from time to time, involve Island School in the sort of publicity that few schools desire.

I have no complaints about the accuracy of your reports although the ''Island School'' girl who sold drugs to the Black Watch was not a member of our school. My major concern is for the vast majority of our students and parents who come from perfectly healthy and supportive families and who, as your articles say, are purchasing ''some of the best education that money can buy''.

D. J. JAMES Principal Island School