The Sheriff’s Department is conducting a series of parenting classes in Buellton. It is an unusual crime prevention measure for law enforcement to undertake, but not so surprising considering the source: crusading Senior Deputy Sandra Brown, who has also conducted methamphetamine awareness seminars throughout the county. The broad range of topics covered in the Buellton series includes dating and intimacy; dangerous adolescent trends; dealing with the strong-willed child; and, of course, signs of drug use.

The Hope School District is implementing a fingerprinting program that some are calling technologically innovative, and others, Orwellian. According to Hope Superintendent Gerrie Fausett, in the next few months the three Hope schools will begin scanning the fingerprints of students waiting in line for food at the cafeteria. The scanners, which she said cost $1,000 each, will identify students, indicate their teachers, and call up how much they owe for food.

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