Schools to brief parents and staff about 'laughing gas' abuse

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Paul Banks has already informed parents of the dangers Paul Banks has already informed parents of the dangers

Schools across Epping Forest claim they are working hard towards combating the problem of nitrous oxide misuse among teenagers.

Police and neighbourhood watch groups in the district have reported finding used nitrous oxide canisters in car parks, parks and other public areas in Epping, North Weald, Loughton and Waltham Abbey.

Groups of teenagers are thought to be inhaling the gas, also known as ‘laughing gas’, from balloons having bought the canisters online.

Although no reports of nitrous oxide misuse have been made within school grounds, teachers and school staff are keen to take action on the issue.

Paul Banks, head Roding Valley High School in Alderton Hill, Loughton, is aware of the problem and has already alerted parents to be vigilant.

He said: “I have raised the issue in a newsletter I circulate to parents every week and I will do so again this week.

“It is not an issue we face in school but I am keen to support parents, neighbourhood watch and police in the community to tackle the issue.

“We will have a speaker coming in July to talk to the students specifically about the dangers of nitrous oxide.”

Head teacher of St John’s C of E School in Bury Lane, Epping, George Yersoimou, is also keen to address the issue but does not want to promote the misuse to pupils.

He said: “I will circulate the information to my staff but I wouldn’t want to advertise the issue in an assembly unless we had a specific incident relating to the school.

“Sometimes discussing an issue like this can act as publicity for it and give children the idea to go out and do it.

The school also invite specialist speakers to come into the school and discuss various topics including the misuse of drugs as part of the students Personal Social Health Education curriculum.

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10:13am Fri 6 Jun 14

faro0485 says...

If children are going after laughing gas, then the only solution like in those Birmingham schools is worship. But it seems that those want to claim a trojan horse will not mind about substance abuse that people replace with the spiritual emptiness.
If children are going after laughing gas, then the only solution like in those Birmingham schools is worship. But it seems that those want to claim a trojan horse will not mind about substance abuse that people replace with the spiritual emptiness. faro0485
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10:48am Fri 6 Jun 14

Stephen Murray says...

This certainly does appear to be an issue at the moment as I have received reports from local residents about these empty canisters being found at the Valley Hill crossroads and the recreation ground off Roding Road.

I fully support our local school RVHS in its information strategy warning both parents and pupils of the possible dangerous consequences.

Independent Roding Ward District Councillor - Stephen Murray.
This certainly does appear to be an issue at the moment as I have received reports from local residents about these empty canisters being found at the Valley Hill crossroads and the recreation ground off Roding Road. I fully support our local school RVHS in its information strategy warning both parents and pupils of the possible dangerous consequences. Independent Roding Ward District Councillor - Stephen Murray. Stephen Murray
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1:22pm Fri 6 Jun 14

hursthill says...

The Headmaster should explain to his pupils, they don't have to waste money on laughing gas. They can read comments by Cornbeefur aka Village cranbry in this organ for free.
The Headmaster should explain to his pupils, they don't have to waste money on laughing gas. They can read comments by Cornbeefur aka Village cranbry in this organ for free. hursthill
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4:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

hursthill wrote:
The Headmaster should explain to his pupils, they don't have to waste money on laughing gas. They can read comments by Cornbeefur aka Village cranbry in this organ for free.
I am quite willing to help, but please get my name right.
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: The Headmaster should explain to his pupils, they don't have to waste money on laughing gas. They can read comments by Cornbeefur aka Village cranbry in this organ for free.[/p][/quote]I am quite willing to help, but please get my name right. Villagecranberry
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