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November 14, 2011

Local Narconon leader speaks out on conflict over school presentation

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McALESTER —

“Before we wrap up here, a quick quiz; ‘Sometimes drugs are needed, but they are all? (Answer: Poisons),’” according to a Narconon Drug Education Elementary Education School Curriculum dated 2007.

Smith does not deny Narconon’s affiliation with Scientology. “Narconon was started with support of L. Ron Hubbard, who started the Church of Scientology, and the church still supports Narconon through its Association for Better Living,” he said.

Red Ribbon Week

According to the Lawton Constitution, the canceled anti-drug presentation at MacArthur High School was slated as part of an annual Red Ribbon Week observance. 

The school district did not confirm the reason for canceling the Narconon program.

In a statement from the school’s public relations department, “Several valid questions were released about a drug-awareness presentation scheduled at a local school in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week. Because there was insufficient time to thoroughly research the issue before the scheduled date of the event, the Lawton Public Schools opted to take the prudent action, which was to cancel the presentation,” according to the Lawton Constitution.

Smith said Narconon is thankful for its affiliation with the Church of Scientology and that the facility has received several commendations, including a Citation of Congratulations from the State of Oklahoma signed by Sen. Richard Lerblance, D-Hartshorne, and a proclamation signed by then-Gov. Brad Henry making Feb. 9, 2009, Narconon Arrowhead Day.  

“We are just trying to teach kids about the dangers of drugs so they never end up at Narconon,” Smith said.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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