|Barfield students learn to 'do what's right'
|Posted: Friday, May 22, 2009 9:59 am
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|Choices in life aren’t easy, concedes Barfield Elementary School Resource Officer David Clark.
But fourth grade students he trained in the national Students Against Violence Everywhere program know how to make good choices.
“Do what’s right,” the students chanted.
About 150 students who completed the 12-week program twice a week graduated Wednesday after learned to “do what’s right” when it comes to choices about drugs and bullying.
Tennessee Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell shared his own story about being bullied.
“I remember a bully beating me up in the 10th grade,” Mitchell told the students who listened intently. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
The actions of the bully followed him all of his life until the bully came up years later and apologized for his actions. Mitchell forgave him.
Mitchell reminded the students their actions impacted other people.
Principal Judy Goodwin said if someone bullies a student, the student should tell a teacher.
“Our job is to keep you safe,” Goodwin said.
Clark urged the students to “do what’s right” to avoid gateway drugs because drug users have more chances to become involved in criminal activity. Students should be good listeners and avoid peer pressure.
Mitchell talked to the students about wearing seat belts and reminding their parents, grandparents and older siblings to do the same.
“Try not to distract the driver,” Mitchell said.
To help in the graduation, Deputy Dan congratulated the children and Deputy Glen in a remote controlled sheriff’s car cheered and sounded the sirens.
Clark said the SAVE program was formed in 1989 to promote safe activities for students and parents in their neighborhoods.