South Bend mother upset over son's drug education homework

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Nearly 7 percent of Indiana kids have used marijuana before age 13, which begs the question, 'When do you expose children to the effects of drugs?'

At McKinley Elementary School, third-grade students are learning about the harmful effects drugs can have but one South Bend Mother is upset.

Sarah Ganguly said her son came home with an assignment on Tuesday not just educating, but going into detail about the physical effects of marijuana and cocaine. She thinks this is just too far.

"I'm all for education about drug prevention and knowing drugs are bad," Ganguly said. "But I don't want my son knowing about cocaine when he's in third grade."

Ganguly wrote a note on the assignment saying, "I do not feel this is appropriate for my son. I will educate him on this material when I feel he is ready." She received no response. In fact, her son came home with more drug homework Thursday Night, failing to heed the mother's request.

"I feel like it's a slap in the face as a parent," Ganguly said. "I don't want my child learning this and he's still going through the class and getting homework for it. I hope my speaking out doesn't affect his grade."

While nine-years-old may seem young to begin drug education, some would argue it's never too early to start. However, Ms. Ganguly wants that decision to be hers, not the school's.

"It's not a certain age that we're going to sit down and have a drug talk," Ganguly said. "I try to keep things open with him and tell him about the world and how it functions, but I want him to enjoy being a kid and not worry about grown up stuff."

We contacted South Bend Schools after they closed for the Holiday Weekend. They tell us they will look into the matter.

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