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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