One of the staff writers was appointed to interview the Bonneville High School resource officer, Dan Sperry about the problem of vaping at Bonneville High School.
"How has Bonneville changed throughout the years with the vaping problem?" Sperry started working at Bonneville around 2013; back then the problem was a bit different, as it was more cigarette and tobacco usage. As the years have gone by, he has seen more and more vapes; growing into a bigger problem for students' health and development.
"What does Sperry do to try and stop kids from vaping at school?" When he catches people vaping or using tobacco, he visits with them, not to lecture them, but to help them lose the vaping addiction. There are many places he directs the students to; places such as rehabilitation programs, or he registers them for meetings with counselors to help them quit.
"How can students help to prevent this vaping problem in our school?" Bonneville has this helpful system called the reward system where students can give information to the principal, a counselor, a teacher, or Officer Sperry himself, and if they give information that is good and catch worthy then they are paid a reward of fifty dollars.
When asked if Bonneville is the only school with this problem, Officer Sperry was unsure, but he does not doubt that it is happening in other high schools. He knows that it is a problem on all levels of school, from elementary to high school. Sperry’s goal is he just wants to see students graduate, and be as successful and healthy as they can. He also talked about other things used at Bonneville, such as, marijuana. Students that are using marijuana are slowing their brain development, and are not growing as fast mentally as other students who are not smoking marijuana. Officer Sperry is a huge resource at BHS.
Students can also help their friends if they are vaping and encourage them quit. The best thing to do is just never start vaping in the first place. If anyone knows anything or has information about who is using nicotine or harmful drugs, they are encouraged to go talk to someone who can help them. Big thank you to Officer Sperry and everything that he does for Bonneville.
Xander Wolf, a senior at Bonneville High School, organized a supply cabinet named the Honey Pot Pantry for his senior project. Wolf set up the pantry to provide food and other necessities to Bonneville students who may not have access to those things outside of school. This project allows youth who may not be getting food or supplies at home to take what they need from the cabinet. The metal cabinet is located near the front office and is unlocked before and after school. It is a harsh reality for numerous peers to go home hungry or not have the primary care they require. Unfortunately, “food insecurity” is not rare; about 13 million children in the United States live in “food insecure households. (https://www.npr.org/2020/09/27/912486921/food-insecurity-in-the-u-s-by-the-numbers)
Wolf said he found inspiration from his mother’s cousin, who runs a food pantry in Shelley. Wolf thought it would be beneficial to have a food pantry at Bonneville based on his knowledge from that food pantry. The food pantry is significant to him because “some kids don’t have food at home, and they need something that they can have at school. [With my pantry,] their parents aren’t paying as much, and they can focus on other [things] such as clothes and other necessities.” He says that taking the worry of food off the students can open doors such as extracurricular activities and better education for those kids and relieve that stress. Wolf also voices his concern that kids have been taking more than the pantry can provide. He wants to make it known that this pantry is meant for everyone; however, students should also be aware of others who may need the supplies. Wolf hopes that the pantry could become more extensive one day, providing not only food but clothes, school supplies, and anything that other students can donate.
Wolf states that he has known people who have experienced food insecurity, “I personally have not [been through food insecurity] but I’ve known people that it could be helpful to them because they have so many other things going on and letting them get rid of that food and hunger aspect is such a huge part for them, and it helps them tremendously.” He hopes that the pantry can help Bonneville’s youth and allow them to focus on school and not have to worry about food.
Anyone can donate to the pantry, and the school strongly suggests that students contribute every once in a while. Thank you to Xander Wolf for letting The Bonneville Buzz interview him and looking out for his peers
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