Possible April 20 (420) Connection to Pot Smoking Sub-Culture In Littleton Tragedy, FRC Says
WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Littleton shooting suspects Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's connection with April 20 may go beyond its being Adolph Hitler's birthday. April 20 or ``420'' is a euphemism or code for smoking marijuana that is ``more widespread than ever and still growing ... '420' events are almost worldwide,'' according to pro-marijuana magazine High Times, reported in April 1999. High Times publisher Mike Edison said, ``Every day at 4:20 smokers are indulging. Every year April 20 becomes more and more of an 'International Burn Day.''' (High Times, April 1999). Also, marijuana is reported to contain 420 different chemicals.
While investigators await toxicology reports Thursday, Littleton High School student Jake Apodaca said in an interview with Ted Koppel on ABC's Nightline (April 20) that ``4/20 is another word for marijuana and it's the fourth month and the 20th day so they (suspects) just kind of take that as kind of a holiday.'' They meaning ``everybody that smokes weed or does drugs,'' he said.
``Whether or not these suspects or this incident had any connection to drug use, it is crucial that we recognize what drug use does to our youth,'' Family Research Council drugs and crime expert Robert Maginnis said Thursday. ``Drug use is highly correlated with delinquent behavior, and use among adolescents is on the rise. There are some clear-cut social and demographic trends that make it very probable that today's shocking stories of youthful violence will explode over the next decade.''
In a 1997-1998 nationwide survey of more than 86,000 high schoolers, the correlation of marijuana use to violence and hopelessness is significant:
-- Of those who carry guns to school, nearly 76 percent smoke pot at least once-a-year.
-- Of those who take part in gang activities, nearly 70 percent smoke pot at least once-a-year.
-- Of those who think of suicide often or a lot, nearly 60 percent smoke pot at least once-a-year.
-- Of those who threaten to harm another, nearly 48 percent smoke pot at least once-a-year.
-- Of those who get into trouble with the police, nearly 63 percent smoke pot at least once-a-year.
(Source: PRIDE -- Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education)
In a nationwide FRC survey of 1,000 registered voters, Americans believe that public school-based random drug testing with parental consent is ``necessary to reduce violence and increase student performance'' (The Polling Company, Feb. 1999).
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