Oct 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Grand Forks students in grades seven to 12 are drinking and smoking less than ten years ago but the numbers are still too high. That’s according to the results of a 2012 Youth Risk Survey delivered to the Grand Forks School Board last night. The survey says 20-percent of students admit to using alcohol in the past 30-days…eleven-percent tobacco…and 13-percent marijuana. Prevention Coordinator Mary Lien says national statistics suggest students who use alcohol between the ages of 12 and 20 drink approximately five days per month and have six drinks per occasion. Other findings from the survey: over 40-percent of students report being bullied and 28-percent admit to having bullied someone during the past year. In addition 91-percent of students have a cell phone and 31-percent have received a sexually explicit message on their phone. The Grand Forks district conducts the survey in grades four to 12 every two years.