La Joya ISD works to keep kids off drugs

It's no secret that those involved in the drug business recruit many adults and even teens to sell narcotics, but La Joya ISD is working to do their part to try to keep teens away from this illegal and dangerous business.

The district's police Chief Raul Gonzales said over a dozen district police patrol each of the three high schools in the district trying to keep students in line, so that they don't fall through the cracks.

"We don't have kids that are problem kids. We have kids that have problems and unfortunately some people take advantage of those problems and when they do so, this is when kids start making the wrong decisions," said Gonzales.

Gonzales said being so close to the border and with easy access to drugs, some people can fall victim to the drug dealing business.

"Unfortunately there's going to be a lot of people out there that are going to try to influence them and tempt them into doing things that they are not supposed to so that they can make an easy buck here and there," said Gonzales.

With around 30 thousand students enrolled in the district, administrators developed a committee to address issues such as drugs, gangs and bullying.

Already, cameras have been set up across campuses in the district.

Administrators also monitor students' social media profiles.

"With that information, we are able to use our resources to try and see if we can be proactive and try to eliminate certain things from happening throughout the school," said Gonzales.

Gonzales said anyone with information about crimes in the district shouldn TMt contact the district's Crime Stoppers line: (956) 580-TIPS.