The subject I’m about to broach might come as a shock to a lot of you but it is an actual reality and a growing trend in our society today.  A friend was telling me about what happened at her child’s school some weeks back, a certain kindergarten teacher was caught by her colleague administering sleeping pills on the children under her care, she usually mixed the pills with the water she gave to them whenever they were thirsty. It is common knowledge that her class is always quiet but she claimed they always slept off due to exhaustion from play and other outdoor exercises but every day for the thief and one day for the owner lol. There was lots of drama at the school that day, the school management had to hold an emergency PTA meeting which I think was a smart move on their part, the teacher was fired and other teachers were thoroughly investigated, but they didn’t involve the police maybe to save the school’s image and goodwill. I was so angry when I heard the story and I thought of the negative effect those drugs could have on the children if they had been continued for long without anyone’s intervention.

I thought I had heard the last of story’s like that but I encountered something similar at a saloon where I went to wash my hair; there was a lady seated in the saloon when I walked in, she had a little girl of about five years sitting on her lap and there was also an elderly woman, so I greeted them and sat down. The little girl was crying ceaselessly, it was obvious she was restless, the salon attendant suggested that woman let the child go outside to play but the woman said “No, she wants to sleep” and then the owner of the saloon asked her “ Did you give her that stuff” and the lady nodded affirmatively. So the elderly woman asked “What did you give her?” and she said sleeping pills. I was instantly felt my temper rising and so I asked her “Is she your child?” and she said yes, my anger deflated to disappointment and I was about to say something but the elderly lady beat me to it, she told us how a single mom who lives in her neighborhood gave her two kids some sleeping pills to induce them throughout the night because she needed to go for a night shift job and she didn’t want them waking up I the middle of the night frightened and searching for mama. She got home the next morning at about 7am to find out that her kids had slipped off to the underworld while they slept.

I was really saddened by the story and the woman felt remorse about giving her kid sleeping pills, I’m sure she wouldn’t do it again. I don’t know what is happening in the society presently especially with mothers, when I was a child I slept off on my own accord and that must be after I was fatigued from playing, children naturally have lots of energy and whenever they are tired they would seek rest, I might not be a medical expert but I know sleeping pills have negative effects on adults, then imagine what it could do to a growing child.

Spread the word and educate people on the negative effects drug abuse could have on kids. Thanks

Olivia Sose.


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