Dozens Attend “Hiding in Plain Sight” Event

Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Donna Crain DruryOfficer PurdyOfficer PurdySOS President Payton Serafini, Donna Crain Drury, SOS Vice-President Jael Cobb

Dozens gathered last week, including a number of local and school officials, for a special presentation by the Anderson County Saving Our Students Youth Coalition to help teach parents and officials about how illegal drugs are hidden in a teen’s bedroom, and how drugs have influenced culture among students.

Donna Crain Drury, coordinator for the coalition, explained that the event was highlighted by two important parts.  During the first half, the high school students that are members of the youth coalition designed a presentation where adults and officials got a chance to find where drugs, alcohol, and paraphernalia could be hidden in a typical teen bedroom.

“It’s an educational activity,” Donna said as she explained that the students created a mock bedroom in the high school and labeled 117 different locations where things could be hidden, many of which were in plain sight.  According to Donna, the students spent over a month and a half researching all the different locations to put together the presentation.

“The places where things can be hidden are unexpected, tiny places,” Diana Shaffner, chairperson of the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board which sponsors the coalition, said.  Donna also explained that the students learned a lot creating the presentation.

During the second half of the event, public relations officer for the Kentucky State Police, Robert Purdy, talked to parents and officials about just how drugs are being used by students, and how it is influencing student culture.  He explained how simple everyday items could be used as paraphernalia and certain phrases could indicated support for drug use.

He also explained that during his time with the state police he has seen how when students experiment with drugs and alcohol when young, it can lead to further and worse addictions and behaviors when older. Preventing drug use when young can stop further and more risky addictions later, which often times leads to prison or overdose, according to Officer Purdy.

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