Aurora Community Protests Outside Dick's Head Shop

By KBJR News 1

April 13, 2013 Updated Apr 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM CDT

Aurora, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Community members in Aurora came together Saturday to protest against a local head shop saying its presence not only hurts the community, but is also affecting their children.

Concerned parents and citizens protested outside of Dick's Head Shop on Saturday, saying the shop is ruining the community by selling synthetic drugs.

"It's a big problem, there are lots of danger to the drug, it's getting into the hands of our children it's wreaking lots of people's lives," said concerned parent Tara Hughes.

Some community members say the shop is not welcome in the community because it's affecting their kids.

"There are kids in the school that are ending up in treatment they are not going to classes, it's affecting their future," said Megan Maxwell, another parent in the community.

The shop is only three blocks away from Mesabi East High School and school officials say they've had to deal with students who are using drugs.

"It's a small minority of people who get hooked on synthetic marijuana, and I've talked to some of those students and unfortunately we have had some students leave us because of that and that's the unfortunate part and we don't want to lose any more students," said Principal Erik Erie.

To address the probelm, on Friday April 19th the school is having area police departments come and talk to the students about the dangers of drugs.

The owner of the head shop says she is not doing anything wrong.

"Everything on our shelf is legal. And the way that I look at is that if people are accusing us of having children come in here we card everyone that comes in here, we are an 18 and older store, we do not let people come in who does not have an ID," said Rene Padget, owner of Dick's Head Shop.

"If they are an adult buying it legally and then going and giving it illegally, they should be going after those people because those are the ones taking away my right as an adult to run a legal store and have a legal operation." she said.

There was another protest Saturday in Virginia outside Manseau's Range of Music.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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