On Friday, March 11, 2016, freshmen students at Clinton County High School participated in the Truth and Consequences event. “Truth and Consequences: The Choice Is Yours” is an enrichment event designed to allow students to see the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. Students were given scenarios and then visited appropriate officials as if they had actually engaged in the behavior. Parents and volunteers worked with the youth as they visited booths, such as court system, school administration, counselors, and jail. Students also participated in interactive and informative sessions with guest speakers from Probation and Parole, and watched a prevention video. At the conclusion of the event, a mock accident was staged, with participating organizations such as law enforcement, hospital, and ministers, responding accordingly. The event included more than 130 students and over 40 parents, volunteers, and community partners.
Truth and Consequences is organized by the County Cooperative Extension Office. According to the County FCS Agent Christy Nuetzman, "The event continues to make an impact on students each year by providing them with a first-hand look at the realities and consequences of getting involved with substance abuse." Ms. Nuetzman also expressed her appreciation for the willingness of community volunteers to share time and expertise with the students. The event would not have been successful without the involvement of community partners.