Congratulations to Lowellville High School as they observed "Red Ribbon Week" with speakers attesting to the risks of alcohol and drug abuse.
The first speaker, Matt, said alcohol helped him be part of the "cool group" and that he never would have started as it led to a $20,000 a year drinking habit down the road, plus two DUI convictions and $10,000 in additional court costs and fines.
The next speaker, Aaron, shared his story that he was scared and insecure while growing up and turned to alcohol for confidence if he needed to dance or to talk to girls. In 1999 while drunk he ran a red light, killing a 27-year-old woman. He spent the next nine years in a state prison. Today his life has changed and he wanted to share his story with the high school students warning them to be careful.
The third speaker, Susan, shared her story of alcohol and drug addiction telling students her problems began in high school and followed her to college. She said alcohol made her feel more comfortable and taller and prettier. It was a way to make others like her. Susan's grades suffered, she wrecked cars and got into bar fights.
I hope other schools in the tri-county area being in speakers and have programs to show the damage alcohol and drugs do to people. In today's Hollywood culture that we find ourselves in, it is tough being a good parent. It takes hard work and dedication in not being your child's friend, but a good parent. Most of us have been truly blessed with wonderful parents, thank God, and that's where it has to start.
If the students can see the damage done to the young and old by these drugs they can achieve their dreams and make it. Our young people's future depends on it.