For some time there’s been talk of the Mexican drug war spilling over into the United States. Now the law enforcement for school districts are worried about students being recruited on this side of the border.
Senator John Cornyn met with HISD superintendent Terry Grier and had this to say afterwards.
Senator John Cornyn
"They anticipated this problem a couple years ago and they have taken a lot of very productive steps to prevent the infiltration of the drug cartels within the student population here. But that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of challenges that remain."
Cornyn and Grier say, as of right now, they aren’t aware of any HISD students working for a cartel.
"So far, due to the preemptive measures that have been taken here, the proactive measures, they have not seen that kind of activity. We didn’t really address what’s happening in other places around the city, but I think we all realize the potential threat."
Dr. Grier says one of the keys to keeping kids away from gangs and drug related activity is to keep them busy.
"We talk a lot here about extracurricular activities and how important that is to our students and that’s something we’re working very hard to maintain in a tough budget time."
And while they haven’t found any evidence of local gangs working with the cartels just yet Cornyn added:
"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what the potential threat is on these kids."