POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:08am
EL PASO - Before you send your child to class next week, there's something you should know. Taking the drug ecstasy in class seems to be a trend among high schoolers in El Paso.
You've probably heard kids complaining of being bored in class, but never like this: "I just like getting high because it's boring to me doing nothing, or I don't really pay attention. "
That's what a 16-year old Franklin High School student, who asked us not show her face and to call her Melanie, said.
She says she used to take the drug ecstasy in class, and she's not alone. High school students from schools across El Paso have told us some students are taking the drug everyday to make class fun.
"...you want to get out, and you get thirsty and you're just like, you feel like you can't focus on anything. The teachers talking and you just look everywhere. You're just not focused at all."
There's even a nickname for using the drug to get high, it's called "rolling."
"A few people have been caught rolling, because they get excited, the teachers can tell, they get sent to the nurse and there's been a few who have been sent to a different school, or something like that, because they got caught."
Ecstasy is known as the "club drug." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse it plays with a chemical in your brain that controls mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain. The N.I.D.A. says it can cause confusion, depression, sleep problems, and severe anxiety. "Rolling" can also be addicting, and it's not hard for high schoolers to find the drug.
"You just have to ask around at clubs. You just ask someone, "oh, well do you know someone who has pills right now," and they're like "let me get someone," and they'll sell them to you for like 10 bucks. So it's kind of easy to get."
Melanie says she stopped "rolling" in class after she started losing her memory, and noticed a change in her everyday behavior.
"I get hardcore mood swings, and like I get really bipolar moments."
She now warns people not to "roll."
"I would say don't try it because then if you try it, you're risking it cause you can get caught, and once you're caught it's all over."
We called E.P.I.S.D. to ask them if they've noticed the problem. We were told they would try to get a counselor to call us back, but no one has called.