Featured Question for week of July 5, 2000:
My daughter is in 5th grade and they use dry-erase markers almost
daily. She is complaining of headaches and dizziness from the
smell. She also said that the boys leave the caps off and sniff
the markers. Should I be worried about this? I mean are these
markers getting these kids high in school?
The dry-erase markers can make some people queasy. If your daughter
feels dizzy or has headaches, you should speak with the teacher.
Today's schools don't get much fresh air since the windows are
often sealed. If the window can be opened, everyone will feel
more comfortable. If not, ask the teacher to investigate ways
to ventilate the room.
The boys in class are probably not getting "high" from sniffing
the markers. However, it should concern you and the teacher
that they are imitating drug-using behavior. They probably think
they are acting "cool." Someone needs to make it clear
that pretending that they are getting high is not cool, cute,
funny or acceptable.
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