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School Supplies.....Or Gateway Drugs?

Updated on August 23, 2013
Don't let this happen to your child
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Stay Informed.

As fall approaches and parents go back-to-school shopping for their children, one topic that is not getting enough media coverage. Lost in the shuffle of book bags, pencils, and three ring binders, is the very serious topic of gateway supplies and what they can lead to.

It starts out innocently enough, with little Johnny accidently sniffing a marks a lot. Fast forward twenty years later and there he is, behind the same school, scrounging in the dumpsters while trying to get just one more fix. How does it get to this you ask? How did your little snowflake become a gas huffing lunatic with hallucinations of little green men that have come to take him away?

Take a short trip with me through the gateway and into the mind of a former glue eating marker sniffer. Be proactive; take charge of those school supplies now. Don’t let that crayon eating graduate to something far more sinister.


According to this made up statistic, children who eat glue are far more likely to:

  • Wet the bed
  • Contract Cooties
  • Make up words
  • Watch the same movie more than once
  • Refuse to eat vegetables
  • Pick up the cat by the tail
  • Jump on the couch
  • Pick their nose

Here’s how it happens:

Johnny goes off to school wide eyed and eager to learn wearing his new sneakers and matching Spider man backpack. He has everything that was on the supplies list as you kiss him good-bye and whisk him off to the safe confines of our fine public school system. Little did you know that he has been armed with a deadly toxin in the form of Elmer’s glue, you might as well given him a few hits of acid.

In the classroom, as he accidently takes his first hit, entering a euphoric state as the macaroni comes to life, dancing on the construction paper that is now floating. He may begin to drool as he loses focus. He's unable to stay on task as his motor functions are affected by the poison you have unknowingly administered. He glides through the day higher than the kites on the playground, on his way to becoming a glue sniffing menace to anyone in his path.

Signs: Terrible drawings, coloring outside the lines, a lack of attention span, an appetite for candy.

Without immediate intervention Johnny will move on to stage two. The gate is open and he’s walking right into the haze of no return.

With a tolerance for glue, you're little stoner has moved on to his new drug of choice. We’re talking about n-propanol, n-butanol, and diacetone alcohol, known on the streets as a Sharpie marker.

Before you gasp in disbelief know this, 88% of classrooms contain these highly potent, dangerous chemical weapons of toxic madness. (statistic pulled from thin air).With brightly colored caps and colors, along with innocuous names such as cranberry and aqua, the markers are ideal for luring the little minds they stand to ravage. Once the harmful toxins find their way to the brain, the damage is irreversible.

Signs: Mood swings, temper tantrums, imaginary friends, talking gibberish

If your little one displays any of these signs it may be too late. Sometimes the signs go unnoticed until Johnny is caught rummaging through the drawers looking for the rubber cement. Often many parents look back and see the signs in hindsight, the cartoons, the candy, and the highly obnoxious singing and yelling. No normal child does that.

Once again, if this goes undiagnosed, the sniffing and huffing will continue through grade school and into the teenage years. By now Johnny has graduated to whippets, huffing spray paint, gasoline, until finally he is introduced to bath salts, and we all know how that ends.

Knowing the signs is paramount to keeping your child clean. This will give you a chance at keeping little Johnny’s mind clean and unharmed from the many dangerous gateway drugs out there.


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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I suppose educating little ones of these dangers is the best way. I am glad to see this warning pasted. Good job!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks teaches, the glue was a mess of delicious gooeyness!

      You have to be proactic Sunshine, it's the only way!

      I'm researching the chalk dust at this time Mighty Mom, I like your suggestions! Thanks!

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      Susan Reid 

      6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Brings back fod memories of rubber cement and mimeograph ink.

      Please remind parents it's not an infringement of your kids' privacy to check their hands for telltale permanent ink stains.

      BTW, have you heard much about the rampant inhalation of chalk dust? Teachers are very susceptible. The only way to combat it is to give them tenure and hope for the best.


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm going to check my granddaughters backpack before she starts kindergarten on Monday. Thank you for the heads up Pete. Phew! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You had me going at first, but then I caught on to your wit! Too funny, as a former teacher I can enjoy the humor of the glue stories. Those markers do stink though.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Way to stay straight Alecia, even if it's because you're clumsy! Thanks for reading!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Once again, a genius look at everyday life. I love it. The reason I didn't eat glue in school was because I was so clumsy with it by the time it came out it for me to glue something half was stuck in dried clusters on my fingers. It doesn't smell good either. Now gel glue- that was cool but it didn't appeal to me either- I guess I don't have the right mindset to be addicted to school supplies. Great hub!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Harald, he has maybe 5 or 6 of these mugshots so I would say he's sniffed more things than you or I can imagine! Thanks for stopping by!

      Glad I could help Elise, and I too was a glue eating mess as a child, those hole punchers are death traps!

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      6 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      Weestro, thank you so much for bringing these sobering and unresearched statistics to our attention. I realize now why I colored outside the lines in Kindergarten, and why my teacher was so distraught about my messy tendencies. She was just trying to protect me from harder substances and perchance the dangers of hole punchers.

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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Loved the first picture. There's an addict if I ever saw one. Wonder if he ever sniffed gasoline exhausts?

    • Becky Katz profile image

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I thought for sure that you were going to say you spent seconds imaginating those facts. haha

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Becky, I spent two to three seconds researching those facts, and I stand by my results!

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      According to your made up statistics, my grandchildren are all eating glue. hahaha

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Far Out of the lines, weestro-it was absolutely groovy!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Sounds like you were definitely coloring outside the lines lorlie! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Dear Lord, so that was my downfall-Elmer's and Sharpies. I grew up in the 60's, so of COURSE I went the wrong direction! ;)

      Actually, the mind-altering direction.

      Great writing, weestro!

      Take care,


    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Nope, only joking as usual Bill, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolling on the floor laughing! Pete, your humor is so dry I almost thought you were serious for a second. Then I got mad at myself for being so stupid....this is genius! I love how your mind works.


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