Santa Monica High School Cancels Scientology Anti-Drug Program After Uproar (Exclusive) - 2017-05-12
Santa Monica High School has canceled a series of substance abuse prevention lectures after parents complained that a Scientology front group was responsible for them, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World held three morning assemblies in recent weeks for ninth and tenth grade students following a troubling academic year marked by drug incidents, including the fatal March rooftop fall of a 15-year-old freshman high on LSD. Questions appear to have arisen after the organization, one of the religion's social-betterment initiatives, held a workshop for 200 parents on May 9. Word soon circulated of the program's Scientology affiliation. After a number of families complained, the school agreed to discontinue the program.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker tells THR that the school's principal Dr. Antonio Shelton "fully vetted this organization and felt that it would be excellent for our students," adding that "the presentations and materials do not have any reference or mention of Scientology."