March 28, 2013 |
The laughter that regularly filtered into the halls of Bell Oaks Middle School in Bellmawr had an unlikely source: a class of sixth graders and a cop. The subject, drug and alcohol abuse, wasn't funny. But Sgt. Robert E. Swanson Jr. was. He wrapped his precautionary message for preteens in wisecracks and compassion, and they ate it up. For 20 of his 29 years on the Bellmawr force, Sgt. Swanson was the instructor at Bell Oaks for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), the preventive curriculum taught nationwide by local law enforcement officers.
January 8, 2013 |
The New Jersey chapter of the country's largest drug-abuse prevention program for schoolchildren is in jeopardy of losing its charter in a dispute over a national curriculum it says is unproved. The state chapter of Drug Abuse Resistance Education, popularly known as D.A.R.E., introduced an alternate curriculum in New Jersey elementary schools in July, allegedly without seeking approval of its parent organization, D.A.R.E. America. The move came after the New Jersey Association of School Administrators notified New Jersey D.A.R.E.
October 31, 2002 |
At a time when DARE has been branded as ineffective, some Bucks County schools soon will begin to offer a drug-prevention program taught by health educators rather than police officers. Project Alert, which began in Los Angeles in 1990, is taught by school health instructors or visiting drug counselors. It will begin in January in the Bensalem and Council Rock School Districts and in the Pennridge district in the spring. In Bucks, Project Alert is now taught only in the Bristol Township district.
October 10, 2001
So long to DARE, none too soon A dark shadow has been obliterated by the light of truth in our community. Not with a bang or even a whimper, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was ended at Ocean City Intermediate School. The many research papers showing DARE's ineffectiveness and negative impact on students finally pushed the school board and administration to do the right thing. How we ever allowed our children to be exposed to such a dishonest, fear-based program speaks volumes about our society.
May 23, 2001 |
George W. Farrell, 49, a West Deptford police officer who brought the national DARE program to New Jersey in 1987, died of a heart attack Saturday at Underwood-Memorial Hospital, Woodbury. He had lived in West Deptford for more than 18 years and was born in Camden. Mr. Farrell, a detective sergeant, joined the West Deptford Police Department in 1979. Over the years, he received a number of commendations from school groups and domestic-violence organizations for his efforts, Police Chief James Mehaffey said.
March 10, 2001 |
For years, Kennett Square Police Chief Albert McCarthy had taught Corey Medina and his classmates to stay away from guns. But he never dreamed he'd be the one to put Medina to the test. Earlier this week, that's exactly what happened when McCarthy inadvertently left his Glock semi-automatic on the window sill of the Chester County school's bathroom. Medina found it a few minutes later, then told his teacher. Now, the 12-year-old sixth-grader is a hero at his school because he did exactly what he was taught to do. And McCarthy is on a four-day unpaid suspension - imposed by himself.
March 9, 2001 |
Local officials yesterday commended Police Chief Albert McCarthy for asking to be suspended after he accidentally left his unloaded gun in a bathroom at Mary D. Lang Elementary School. "He is not going to live by a double standard," Mayor Leon Spencer said. "His nature is to do things by the letter of the law. He sees this as an embarrassment to the department. " Authorities also praised the sixth grader who immediately alerted a teacher upon finding the weapon Wednesday. The gun was recovered safely, and McCarthy apologized to the students.
March 2, 2001 |
For 10 years, Collingswood police officers have stood in the town's fifth-grade classrooms, lecturing about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. And for 10 years, they have followed the same DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) workbook used by 36 million children nationwide, giving 17 lessons on topics such as how to resist peer pressure and different ways to say no. But as the DARE graduates ascended through high school, the local police were still hauling in teenagers for drinking on weekends.
February 23, 2001
New money and research may improve it. Science may finally replace good intentions as the driving force behind drug and alcohol education in the nation's schools. It's about time. After years of suppressing criticism and resisting change, the omnipresent Drug Abuse Resistance Education program - known better simply as DARE - is rewriting its curriculum. The changes promise a better chance for more kids to avoid the devastating grip of drug abuse. Last year, research shows, one in four of America's 23.6 million teens had used illegal drugs in the previous 30 days.
August 14, 2000 |
Denny W. Kerper, 45, a Voorhees police sergeant who led the community's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, died of leukemia Thursday at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia. He had lived in Mount Ephraim for most of his life and was born in Camden. A 1985 graduate of the Camden City Police Academy, Mr. Kerper joined the Voorhees Township Police Department that year and became a sergeant in 1997. He was assigned to the DARE unit in 1992 and Crime Prevention Unit 28 in 1995.