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Student school board candidate speaks out on drugs and censorship at La Crosse news conference



La Crosse School Board candidate Adam Manka speaks at the La Crosse Public Library on Dec. 12, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A Central High School student, running for La Crosse School Board, is putting more focus on drug use within the schools.

Adam Manka opposes cuts recently made in the School Resource Officer (SRO) program in the district, and said Monday an increase of police in schools could reduce drug use.

“The drug scene at Central High School has gone wild,” Manka claimed, outside the La Crosse Public Library on Tuesday. “And I have sources who tell me that it is just as bad at Logan High School. So, what is this? Our school, or a drug house?”

Manka cited study figures showing at least 17 percent of students at Central using drugs.

Manka claimed SROs are helpful in trying to reduce illegal drug use among students.

“All the drugs that are caught in school are going to be disposed of by the police department, and that is going to be through the SRO program,” he said. “And the SROs, they are a friendly face most of our students like. You find some students now have lunch with them.”

As he did when he announced he was running for school board, Manka again stated that school district officials have attempted to stop him from speaking about drug problems in school buildings or posting videos of his school online.

Manka briefly put tape over his mouth to suggest the censorship.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Mary LaMothe

    December 13, 2023 at 10:01 am

    “In the valley of the blind, the one eyed man is King”. Well spoken Adam. Finally the TRUTH!

  2. Walden

    December 13, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Censorship and threats. That’s the La Crosse School District’s and the School Board’s version of “transparency.”

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