Monday, November 28, 2011
The drug war raging along the U.S.-Mexico border is bringing a new problem to Texas schools: Thousands of students suffering from emotional troubles not unlike those endured by soldiers returning from battle.
With many Mexican families fleeing the war, school districts are seeing more and more students who have been mugged or witnessed shootouts. Others have had family members kidnapped, or they've been extorted by gangs that run rampant in Juarez, a city of 1.3 million directly across the Rio Grande from El Paso.
In response, some schools are now offering the type of classes and counseling more commonly found in the military.
Counselors say the drug war is not unlike conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. It still involves constant danger, deadly confrontations and people fleeing their country.