U.S. District Attorney Ihlenfeld Warns Students About Dangers of Drugs and Social Media
By Kelsey Kennedy, Producer/Digital Journalist - email
Weirton, W.Va. -
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld is traveling to high schools across the Ohio Valley with a drug education program to help kids stay on the right track.
The presentation is called "Project Future: Two a Days." It's an effort to teach students about the long reaching consequences of decisions made when it comes to drugs and social media. Tuesday's presentation was at Weir High, where Ihlenfeld says he's had the largest crowd yet.
While most high school students have been warned about the dangers of drugs since they were young, warnings about the dangers of improper use of social media are most likely new, as well as timely, stemming from the Steubenville rape case.
"Technology is such a dangerous thing sometimes for teenagers," he said. "Sometimes they don't realize that the choices they make before they send a text message or a tweet, or post something on facebook or instagram can really last a long time."
Ihlenfeld's office has also teamed up with Linda Reeves of Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Center to present the sexual assault awareness part of the program. She says only about 30 percent of teen sexual assaults are reported for fear of social repercussions. She also reminded students that if someone is incapacitated and can't say no, that should never be taken as consent.
Ihlenfeld has reached out to every high school in the Ohio Valley. The team got an early start by talking to fall athletes at practice. They hope to make it back to the schools to talk to all students during the school year.