Re-instate High Point Regional High School's critical SAC position

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Already in 2017 the number of deaths of teens and young people in our community has been unprecedented. Prosecutor Francis Koch issued a warning in response to the number of overdoses in the last couple of weeks. Given the substance abuse crisis our community faces eliminating the Student Assistance Counselor position at High Point Regional High School is confounding and puts our teenagers at greater risk. Research consistently shows early intervention is the most effective strategy to overcome addiction. And it is in the teen years substance abuse typically begins. The Student Assistance Counselor provides support, referral and crisis management to any student struggling with mental health or addiction problems while in school. In the same way that if a teen has the flu the illness of the flu must be addressed for them to fulfill their education too mental heath and the disease of addiction must be treated for a student to achieve to thier fullest potential academically. This position helps link students and families with the necessary supports and treatment. We are asking the Board to reconsider eliminating this critical support to students and re-instate the Student Assistance Counselor position at High Point Regional High School. In terms of making cuts in a budget I'd rather my child or anyone else's child be without a google chrome book than to end up dead because of a missed opportunity for help.