Caledonia doesn’t want students to ‘face the dragon’; several grassroots efforts underway around issue of drug, alcohol use

Dan McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus Tennessee native, national speaker and author David Parnell spoke to the Caledonia middle school and high school students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and chronicled his own personal struggles with the habbit including a suicide attempt that left him blind in one eye. He shared graphic images from his and others struggles with drugs.

Dan McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus
Tennessee native, national speaker and author David Parnell spoke to the Caledonia middle school and high school students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and chronicled his own personal struggles with the habbit including a suicide attempt that left him blind in one eye. He shared graphic images from his and others struggles with drugs.

“I was inspired last week when a group of concerned members of our community gathered together to discuss drug and alcohol use among teenagers in Caledonia and surrounding areas,” Caledonia Superintendent Ben Barton said.  “This was a result of some informal discussions happening in different pockets of the community regarding this same issue.  When the topic came across my desk, I felt it was important that we take it from the talking stage to the action stage.  It’s time to move away from being problem identifiers to becoming problem solvers. If drug and alcohol use among teenagers is a problem, then we have an obligation to take this head on. If this is a problem for even one of our children, then I feel it is worth the effort. Early indicators are that we may have many more than one of our children that may be using drugs or alcohol.”

The school district welcomed national speaker David Parnell who spoke to the middle school and high school student body regarding his own personal experiences with meth.

Parnell shared stories and photos including graphic images of when he attempted to take his own life by shooting himself in the head.

Continue reading this Caledonia Argust story by Daniel McGonigle.

 

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