Eighth grade students at Royal Spring Middle School recently took part in what all involved hope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Using an adaptation of the Truth or Consequences curriculum, school leaders provided very specific scenarios to students. The issues at hand were related to drug and alcohol use and abuse.
Parents gave permission and were also able to accompany their child through three booths relative to their individual scenario. Surrogate parents were assigned to ensure each student had an adult present. Topics included drug overdose, accidents as a result of drinking and driving, and the illegal sale of narcotics. Students visited booths, like the one pictured above, where community partners let them know what would happen as a result of their behavior.
Local law enforcement, judges, emergency medical personnel, and hospital staff shared the ugly truth of drug and alcohol use. The school principal and school board members discussed implications for the students at school. Students learned how much money they could lose, the damage they could do to their bodies and personal appearance, and the harm that could befall their loved ones.
Students also heard personal testimony from recovering drug addicts. RSMS is the first middle school to offer this program.