Joined: 16 Jan 2017
|Posted: Thu May 04, 2017 4:50 pm Post subject: DRUGS: RISK DEATH PENALTY OR JAIL BY ASSOCIATION
|PLEASE BE AWARE OF COLLEAGUES ILLEGAL DRUGS, ASIA HAS A DEATH PENALTY THAT MAY EVEN BE PREFERABLE TO JAIL?
In most of the schools I have worked at during the last 40 years there have been a few drug users. It has become much more prevalent in recent years.
An important consideration is that the drugs will be kept (somewhere) at these teachers accommodation or school for the duration of their stay!
My worst shock came from taking over the room of an elderly Californian lady professor who had dropped her numerous soggy "roaches" into the window planter. They sat there for 3 months until I opened the shutters come spring!
Nowadays your association can result in an arbitrary death penalty or imprisonment due to increasing enforcement, your sense of entitlement or innocence won't help your case!
Am I being paranoid? No, I shared accommodation, meals and crossed borders with these people. Some of these countries even ban cigarettes in public!
A number of the violators were indifferent, whereas others were genuinely surprised to learn of the penalties (really)!
Here's a few I can recall from experience.
Some teachers studying for their licence exam smoked marijuana because it was fashionable in the 80's. They simply got their knuckles rapped!
An American in Jeddah got busted for alcohol possession and jailed (he went in like Mr. Universe and came out like a broom handle despite friends taking him food every day for two years).
Some Kiwi newbie teachers brought in "uppers" and marijuana to cope with elementary students!
Some Korean "hagwon" managers used methamphetamine chloride to stay awake "the morning after".
Some Filipino teachers used it socially.
One American teacher got deported for prior association with a European seller of marijuana that had got busted and jailed.
One American had a single wild marijuana growing in their garden and got their passport confiscated on hold departure (five years waiting for trial led to numerous immigration violations and subsequent fines).
Some teachers at a most exclusive boys school snorted cocaine to stay lively after a weekends partying. The school reputedly barred staff for as little as visiting Pattaya and kept an informant at Eastern bus terminal to identify violators.
One American teacher merely attempted buying heroin derivatives locally, got busted and had to leave (he paid a mega bribe to prevent arrest).
A Czech teacher that did the yoga, joss sticks and "grass" thing on the floor below stank my room out too!