ODESSA- The first day of school can be challenging enough, but for some students walking through the doors of a new school year,it can be downright miserable. Many come to class with more than just books and supplies, they come with fear.
Many of the students will be facing peer pressure, possibly be bullied or do just about anything to fit into a certain click. Police are warning students the choices they make can be a very long lasting one.
It's a scene we've all seen before at school,being bullied and being peer pressured. Police officers at Medical Center Hospital say they see the consequences of those actions first hand.
"Unfortunately,we see a lot of devastating affects of some poor choices made either by peer pressure, especially at the beginning of school, kids and teens are trying to fit in. So they may try things they normally wouldn't," Brad Timmons, Chief of Police at Medical Center Hospital, said.
They see a lot of drug overdose cases, students using designer drugs like bath salts or K2, synthetic marijuana, which he says are the outcome of peer pressure.
Billy Alexander works for the crisis intervention program for MHMR and says they get calls from elementary schools all the way up to high school.
"But as soon as school starts, we start getting more calls. The teachers are seeing it, they're calling us, the counselors are seeing it and they're calling us," Alexander said.
Most of those calls are students getting bullied at school and wanting to commit suicide.
"Being bullied for one thing. I mean they don't want to go to school, because they feel they're in danger there. So they don't know how to handle it," Alexander said.
One suggestion made for those who are being bullied.
"They should immediately contact either a teacher or a police officer on the campus," Timmons said.
"If a parent sees anything that the kid is doing different, like if they use to be real social and now this kid is staying in his room or her room, you probably need to call and get help. Get someone to kind of access them, get them to a counselor," Alexander said.
Local 24-7 crisis hotline:
For Midland: 570-3300
For Odessa: 333-3265