24 MONTROSE VOICE / FEBRUARY ?7. 1987
NEW ORLEANS (UPI)—The American
Association of School Administrators
in its annual meeting Feb. 20 tackled
volatile issues such AIDS education in
all public schools and testing for drug
use by students and staff,
subjects ranging from AIDS to merit
pay and the length of the school year.
The group approved giving instruction about AIDS, reflecting the urging
of Surgeon General Everett Koop, who
in October recommended children start
learning about the deadly illness "in
early elementary" grades. At the end of
January, fewer than half the nation's
public schools reported offering AIDS
"AASA encourages schools to
develop programs that will help students understand AIDS and, to the
extent possible, help them avoid contracting the disease," the study said,
noting that local officials decide about
admitting students or workers with
AIDS and how to deal with sensitive
and controversial facets of the growing
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
The educators said they are opposed
generally to mandatory drug testing,
"except in instances when a reasonable
suspicion exists that the person has
been abusing drugs or when the person's position is extremely sensitive in
nature and could endanger the lives of
Guidelines on drug testing said students should not be subject to blanket
drug testing without probable cause,
testing of any student or worker should
protect their safety and privacy and
schools should follow through with
information about treatment services to
help drug users.
The position statements are meant to
be used as catalysts for discussion and
guidelines in the nation's nearly 16,000
school districts, said Richard Miller,
AASA executive director.
By Jeffrey K. Parker
NEW YORK (UPI)—This city will dis-
tribute at least 1 million condoms a year
in an aggressive public anti-AIDS campaign designed to make every New
Yorker a "condom expert," the city
health commissioner said recently.
"The latex condom is currently our
most effective front-line weapon
against increases in sexually transmitted diseases and especially the relentless epidemic of AIDS—which is surely
our city's most urgent health problem,"
Commissioner Stephen Joseph said.
"Everyone needs to be a condom
expert, or condom comfortable," he told
several hundred health care professionals who gathered at New York University to discuss ways to promote use of
condoms to battle acquired immune
Assistant Health Commissioner Stephen Schultz, who also spoke at the conference, echoed Koop's concern that "if
abstinence is not possible, then use a
"Asking people to abstain from sex is
tantamount to asking people to stop eating," Schultz said.
Joseph said he expected opposition to
the condom campaign.
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By Tom Quinn
BOGOTA, Colombia (UPI)—The capture of international narcotics kingpin
Carlos Lehder at a ranch house hideaway was triggered by disgruntled
neighbors who thought he and his
holed-up bodyguards might be rebel
guerrillas, cocaine cookers or even "a
bunch of marijuana-smoking homosexuals."
As surprising as the capture, however, was that police were tipped off at
all in this nation where drug dealers are
looked on as Robin Hoods and cocaine is
considered a Yankee problem.
Police Maj. Willian Lemus, who led 30
officers and soldiers in the raid on
Lehder's hideout, said it is apparent the
public is getting fed up with the drug
"We received a complaint from a
neighbor of the ranch where Lehder and
his 14 bodyguards were hole up. He said
he thought the group might be guerrillas," Lemus said in an interview.
"Another person called us to say there
were a bunch of marijuana-smoking
homosexuals there. Someone suggested
the ranch might be a small cocaine
laboratory. And another person went to
the U.S. Embassy and insinuated the
ranch hid somebody important, without
specifying who it was."
Officials say Lehder's capture and
extradition Feb. 4 has encouraged even
more people to turn in drug dealers.
"This is the biggest result of the
lehder bust. In 10 years of intense work
in Colombia, we've never seen anything
like the amount of information we're
suddenly getting," a veteran Drug
Enforcement Administration agent
"The phenomenon is uncanny. Even
though we offer rewards for information, we are getting people who don't
want the money. They are just fed up.
They feel the mafia has gone too far.
They say these hoods have begun to
tread on them and they don't like it."
By most counts, Lehder's arrest actually will do little to stem the flow of
cocaine out of Colombia. Officials
believe smaller operators quickly
stepped in to take over his business.
"The big three of the so-called Medel-
lin Cartel—Lehder, Pablo Escobar and
Jorge Luis Ochoa—have been on the
run so much in the last three years
they've been practically forced out of
business. We now suspect that they've
been replaced by scores of new operators, many of whom are absolutely
unknown to us," the DEA agent said.
"Let me put it this way: In 1983 you
had three billionaires dominating the
business and now you've got 100
millionaires doing most of it."
Authorities cite two factors in the
upswing of resistance to the nation's $8
billion drug industry: Colombia's growing internal drug abuse problem and the
rash of killings of prominent and ordinary citizens in the last few years.
In 1986, six judges, including a
supreme court magistrate, were killed
by gunmen supposedly hired by the
drug mafia. In the last four years, 17
Colombian journalists have been killed
after denouncing drug traffieking.