Another Area Teacher Busted For Marij...

Another Area Teacher Busted For Marijuana

There are 37 comments on the CBS Local story from Feb 16, 2013, titled Another Area Teacher Busted For Marijuana. In it, CBS Local reports that:

Gina Epps, 39, of 708 Morris Court, Lakemoor, a physical education, health and driver's education teacher at Round Lake High School is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 1. Epps was driving on Long Lake Drive near Valentine Drive on Jan.

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Sheik Yerbouti

Pennington, NJ

#1 Feb 16, 2013
A driving 'instructor' blazing away while driving? Definitely not MENSA material! 9 out of 10 pot busts take place because people are smoking in their car.
haha

Plover, WI

#2 Feb 16, 2013
or under the bleachers at a high school
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#3 Feb 16, 2013
funnier still is having a cop sitting above you on a bleacher.

These teachers need serious jail time.
Parents depend on them to set an example for our kids.
Lets make an example of them and lock them up for 20 yrs.
Sheik Yerbouti

Pennington, NJ

#4 Feb 16, 2013
No one should go to jail for any cannabis offense. 20 years? Are you nuts or just a sadistic self righteous twit? At least she wasn't using a DEADLY LETHAL drug like alcohol! She was she made a very stupid mistake but prison time for pot? Only an idiot would want that!
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#6 Feb 16, 2013
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
No one should go to jail for any cannabis offense. 20 years? Are you nuts or just a sadistic self righteous twit? At least she wasn't using a DEADLY LETHAL drug like alcohol! She was she made a very stupid mistake but prison time for pot? Only an idiot would want that!
I wear insults like a badge of honor.
But you are teaching kids that it is ok to insult anyone you disagree with.
Is that really the message you want to teach young kids ?

You obviously didn't read or understand what i wrote.
I thought i made it clear that i hold teachers to a higher level of expectations in life because of their occupation.
Therefore they should receive a strong penalty when they break the law.
And in spite of how you feel about marijuana laws nevertheless its still illegal. Since it does effect driving i want it to stay illegal.
haha

Plover, WI

#7 Feb 16, 2013
yeah, Mystery Man thinks the solution to every crime is to "lock em up for 20 years"

smoke some pot - 20 years
Drive drunk - 20 years
jaywalk - 20 years
Vote democratic - life plus 20

pretty soon he will be the only one left, that ought to make him happy, no one left to argue with
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#8 Feb 16, 2013
haha wrote:
yeah, Mystery Man thinks the solution to every crime is to "lock em up for 20 years"
smoke some pot - 20 years
Drive drunk - 20 years
jaywalk - 20 years
Vote democratic - life plus 20
pretty soon he will be the only one left, that ought to make him happy, no one left to argue with
LOL loved the democrat vote one makes me wish i had said it.
But lets get the facts right about what i've actually said
i said nothing about jaywalkers.
it was never brought up as an issue. But now that you asked i suppose a small fine on community service would be ok.
See i'm not such as hard liner.
drunk drivers i said should get their license taken away for good.
drunk drivers who kill someone should get that too PLUS jail time min. of 20 yrs.

As for being the only one left then i guess you were referring to yourself as a drunk driver ?
Why would i not be surprised if you were.
haha

Plover, WI

#9 Feb 16, 2013
no sense of humor - 20 years
see ya there
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#10 Feb 16, 2013
The ones that really miss out on humor are the families of these druggies and drunks.

How much fun do you think those kids have in their lives ?
Instead of spending loving quality time with parents they spend it alone at home wondering if their parents will make it back safe.
They don't get to spend time going to museums, parks, sports events, music concerts, etc.
There's no money for it since mom/dad spent it on drugs and booze.
Yeah their life has a lot of humor in it doesn't it.
Meanwhile all you and your friends can do is attack me for caring about the kids who matter.
That is why what you guys have to say means squat to me.
I care about the victims of these drunks and druggies.
So go back to caring about drunks and druggies who ruin the lives of their kids.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#11 Feb 16, 2013
meanwhile, 1000 kids were diagnosed with adhd and prescribed some LEGAL organ killing medication...
haha

Plover, WI

#12 Feb 16, 2013
Lets make no sense of humor life + 20 after that post
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#13 Feb 17, 2013
guitarman16226 wrote:
meanwhile, 1000 kids were diagnosed with adhd and prescribed some LEGAL organ killing medication...
Please clarify your comment.
Are you suggesting they are being prescribed killing medication on purpose because they were diagnosed with ADHD ?

I have a 5 yr. old granddaughter who is autistic.
She function pretty good, goes to regular kindergarten and so far doesn't take any medication for it.

We're working with the school and with the state to hopefully get her more specialized education in addition to what she has now.

As for child medication its always a tough call for a doctor and parent to make. Kids have no real history of allergic reactions like we do. So its near impossible to know if your kid can handle any of the meds until they get them. Good doctors don't rush into prescribing meds. That shouldn't be first choice for them or for the parent.

Please post more on your opinion on this topic.
Its a worthy topic if discussed as adults without the insults and name calling normally found on topix.
Sheik Yerbouti

New Hope, PA

#14 Feb 17, 2013
Ok Mystery Man I'll play nice. I worked at a rural school where almost 30% of the student body was on some sort of medication mostly for 'adhd' which seemed to me to be a catch all diagnosis by school and state psychologists and therapists. That's almost one third of the students on, in many cases, unnecessary meds. I don't think they meant any harm I just thought is was a way to quiet troublesome kids down.

I have worked with many autistic children and it can be a tough disability. It requires a lot of patience which I hope you have. You have the right to specialized education in the public schools although you may have to fight bureaucrats to get it. Your views on cannabis aside, you sound like a nice person and I wish you well in your quest to provide the best education to your granddaughter. High functioning autistic people can lead pretty normal lives but education and behavioral training are the keys. I have an autistic friend who makes a little over $50 grand a year working for a Midwestern state government. Best of luck and I hope your efforts are rewarded!
fox laker

Lake Villa, IL

#15 Feb 17, 2013
lol. druggies. so smoking pot now makes you a druggie huh. how bout cigarette smoking? you can die from that so what does that make a person? havent heard of anyone dying from pot yet.
Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#16 Feb 17, 2013
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
Ok Mystery Man I'll play nice. I worked at a rural school where almost 30% of the student body was on some sort of medication mostly for 'adhd' which seemed to me to be a catch all diagnosis by school and state psychologists and therapists. That's almost one third of the students on, in many cases, unnecessary meds. I don't think they meant any harm I just thought is was a way to quiet troublesome kids down.
I have worked with many autistic children and it can be a tough disability. It requires a lot of patience which I hope you have. You have the right to specialized education in the public schools although you may have to fight bureaucrats to get it. Your views on cannabis aside, you sound like a nice person and I wish you well in your quest to provide the best education to your granddaughter. High functioning autistic people can lead pretty normal lives but education and behavioral training are the keys. I have an autistic friend who makes a little over $50 grand a year working for a Midwestern state government. Best of luck and I hope your efforts are rewarded!
Thank you and i really do appreciate your comments.
I also agree too often meds are used just to quiet down a child the teachers or parents don't want to deal with.
My granddaughter isn't receiving any meds and hopefully never will.
All of us deal with it with love and patience.
Next month she get evaluated for what kind of special ed she'll need. Right now the school is providing extra reading and speech for her so she's able to handle being in regular kindergarten.
Life will be up and down for her but i think she'll make it ok.
She's a happy child with a good heart and a lot of spirit.
When you look past the bad teachers there are a lot of super good professionals.
Good luck to you as well.
Sensible

San Francisco, CA

#17 Feb 18, 2013
Pot busts accounted for more arrests than all other drugs combined, constituting 52% of all drug arrests in 2010. Of those 853,838 individuals, I'm sure some were breaking the law in more ways than harmlessly smoking a joint. But how many of those individuals were otherwise great people!?

Legalize it and focus on REAL crimes! The money we waste trying to save a bag of Doritos from some smiley guy on his couch, could be used elsewhere. Maybe more squads out to patrol during peak DUI times. Try to help save lives, rather than just ruin them with a tarnished record.

Pot has killed ZERO people. Yet I can legally buy
alcohol (a drug) that is responsible for 4 percent of deaths worldwide at any convenience store. Or I can puff on tabacco which is responsible for 443,000 deaths annually in the US alone.

"Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." - Abraham Lincoln

Legalize, control it, educate, and enjoy it.
LlamaCan

Fox Lake, IL

#19 Feb 18, 2013
No one is saying that drunk driving isn't bad Mystery Man. But unfortunately there is no cure for stupid.

But I'm sure you can agree - the drug war (as is) isn't working. Maybe use the tax dollars (if it was to become regulated like wine)to provide better drug education.

I've smoked weed in my younger years and I liked it. I woke up the next day with money still in my pocket, I hadn't kicked my dog, cursed out a friend, or done anything too remarkable at all. These kids need to know why it's bad. But after they reach into the "illegal bucket" and try marijuana, they may think "what else in there have I been lied to about?". Hell - when I tried it I hadn't even drank an entire beer yet.(Drug dealers don't ask for ID's). Being the honor student that I was, I doubt I would have even come in contact with it, had it been legal.

I don't believe pot heads are stupid people. Maybe old Abe did burn one, maybe he didn't. He's isn't coming back to argue the point one way or the other. But I'm sure people much smarter than Abe have and do smoke on a regular basis.

Mystery Man

Gurnee, IL

#20 Feb 18, 2013
Don't be so sure i agree because that's when i usually don't.

Lets take that line the drug war isn't working.
OK the gun violence laws aren't working either.
So if we should just legalize smoking based on the premise that the drug war isn't working.
Then we should just legalize killing anyone we dislike since gun control isn't working.

We can't catch every criminal for every crime but that doesn't mean we should stop catching them.

Now about your other line where you tried it and managed to live through it.
People have had a drink of alcohol and lived through it.
People drive cars and not get into accidents.

Yet others do and have accidents, get hurt, and sadly hurt others.
The solutions is laws that help to minimize getting hurt and hurting others.

People who are high regardless on what made them high are a danger to others and to themselves.
That is a truism you can't deny.

I'm glad you lived through it safely and not hurt anyone. Hopefully you have stopped so others around you can be safe.
momofsonadhd

Lake Villa, IL

#21 Feb 18, 2013
Let me set you straight. Its a very tough call for a parent to make the decision to medicate or not to medicate their child. I did everything I could prior to making that decision to have my son on mere. After weighing out the pros and cons I decided to go for it. It took me talking to an adult who suffered from it when he was younger and his parents believing mere were not the answer until he became ateen when he began experimenting with drugs that later almost killed him. He realized after given a second chance at life that he needed to be medically treated and not self medicating. He lives a productive life now and has stated how much it has helped him. My son was diagnosed with ADHD/ Oppositional Defiant Disorder/ Anxiety......the first week on his meds there was a HUGE improvement in his behaviors and attention span. When he came home from school and told me "mom I understand and can pay attention to the teacher! I feel better!!!" I knew then I made the right decision. Before anyone knocks down a child who suffers with it do your reading and understand it. As the parent I didn't need the teacher or the psychiatrist to tell me my son needs help. I knew and was proactive in getting him the help he deserved.
momofsonadhd

Lake Villa, IL

#22 Feb 18, 2013
*mere=meds sorry auto correct

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