- Posted March 10, 2013 by
Newbury Park, California
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Mother speaks out at school district. Son not memorialized at high school because he died of drug overdose.
Julie Scott-Christian advocates for the memory of her son and others lost to drug addiction or suicide: Conejo Valley High School in Newbury Park, California failed to memorialize her son last graduating year, class of 2012, because as the school district told her in a reply email, "They did not want to call attention to suicides or overdoses". Instead of honoring a students memory and helping other students to learn from such tragedies their solution was to sweep it under the rug. Earlier that year a girl committed suicide. Later in the same school year Julie Scott-Christian's son, Dustin, was found by her when she went to wake him up from school, March 7, 2012. He had died from an accidental drug overdose from a fentanyl drug patch, a drug 100 to 200 more potent than morphine, a drug that has been killing even those prescibed the drug. This video is a must see as Dustin Christian's mother describes in the detail the schools failure to handle a mental health crisis. To compound matters, the school districts disrespect at this board meeting February 19, 2013, is unbelievable. In Loving Memory of Dustin Scott Christian March 28, 1994 - March 7, 2012
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