Approximately 200 9th Grade Students at Mercer County Senior High School participated in the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension’s Truth and Consequences: The Choice is Yours program. The program is a substance abuse prevention activity designed to show students and other youth the impact of being involved with illicit and legal substances.
Both youth and adults need an opportunity to learn more about the physical, emotional, financial, and legal consequences of getting involved with prescription and illicit drugs. To assist in this endeavor, Truth and Consequences: The Choice is Yours is an enrichment activity designed to show students the impact of getting involved with illicit and legal substances.
Students role-play scenarios including: possession of prescription drugs; driving under the influence; sniffing; possession of alcohol, drug paraphernalia, or illegal drugs; trafficking; and stealing drugs; etc. Depending on the scenario, students visit appropriate officials and/or agencies to experience the consequences of their behavior. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. When parents are unable to participate, Kentucky Extension Homemaker members, school and district staff or community volunteers assume the role of “parents” to the youth and accompany them as they visit the law enforcement agencies, judges, school officials, hospital, and coroner.
This program is a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension service and coordinated with our local office.
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Students attempted to drive through the obstacle course while wearing goggles simulating a person legally drunk.
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Students learned the seriousness of making bad choices, such as possession of prescription drugs, driving under the influence, possession of alcohol, drug paraphernalia, or illegal drugs as well as trafficking and stealing drugs.
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Judge Jeff Dotson explained to students what happens in his court room when addressing criminal and illegal activity.
Superintendent Davis talks to students about the role of the school principal and board of education when taking disciplinary actions.