My eldest will be graduating from middle school this year and has managed to stay out of any of the issues one may encounter socially in middle school. However, some of the things she is telling me that are going on at her school as of late are alarming to me. She is changing districts next year for high school where I hope she won't run into these issues as much, but I am wondering from those of you who have middle or high schoolers how typical these types of issues are. FWIW, we live in a suburban area and her middle school is probably the best one in the district she's currently enrolled in.
So, in the past month I've heard that a 7th grade girl brought prescription drugs to school and met up with friends in the bathroom where they all ODed and had to be taken to the hospital to have their stomaches pumped, that a different 7th grade girl is pregnant, and that dd and her friend are getting off the bus earlier at a different stop to get off sooner b/c kids are carrying "shanks" (some kind of homemade knife is how dd describes it). She doesn't seem to feel threatened just that she doesn't want to be around these kids and their weapons. The bus has both her middle school and the kids from the high school she would be slated to attend had we not choiced her elsewhere.