Girls organise synthetic highs protest
"Do dope, lose hope"TARYN UTIGER
Pupils at New Plymouth Girls' High School believe synthetic dope is a danger to society.
More than 100 pupils protested against the legal highs and marched through the school chanting yesterday afternoon.
The pupils waved placards with messages on them like "Do dope, lose hope" and "K2 will hurt you".
The protest was part of a social action assessment for the year 13 social studies pupils. Janelle Wood, 17, said enough damage had been caused by fake dope already.
"We are asking for a change in policy. These drugs should not be sold in New Zealand. They have dangerous side effects," she said.
John Walmsley, the school's head of social science, said it was the first time the school had run that sort of programme.
"It's all about teaching them how they can express their rights in a democratic society."
The three classes had been working on the protest for about a month. "I'm actually quite proud of them. They have done all of this by themselves," he said.
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