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FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS VISIT LOGAN COUNTY SCHOOLS TO DISCUSS THE EFFECTS OF ILLEGAL DRUG USE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING GOOD CHOICES

LOGAN, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin, United States Marshal John D. Foster, and West Virginia National Guard Major Gen. James Hoyer met with Logan County Middle and High School faculty members and students today to discuss the effects of illegal drug use, bullying and social media misuses.

The school visits were held in conjunction with Logan County High School’s student behavior intervention program known as the A3 model which encourages positive student attitude, action and achievement.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, "The reason we are here today is to encourage students to make the right choices – to be ambassadors for justice and change. It can make a tremendous difference in their lives as well as the lives of their peers.”

Goodwin continued, “My paramount goal as a prosecutor is to prevent crimes from happening in the first place. Educating students about positive choices is essential to making our communities safer.”

U.S. Marshal John Foster, who spoke to students about the harmful and long-term effects of bullying said, “The point that I wanted to emphasize to the students at Logan is that their choices in life matter. It takes courage to stand up for the weak.”

Foster continued, "A person that you might know who is being put down or bullied now could very well grow up to be a police officer, firefighter, paramedic or nurse.  You might need to call on them for help later on in life.”

West Virginia National Guard Major Gen. Jim Hoyer said, “I have had several very capable young men and women approach me with aspirations of joining the military.  However, I’ve had to turn them away because they’ve made poor choices or have gotten involved in illegal drugs.” 

Hoyer continued, “The students have to understand the importance of making wise choices.  The choices that they make now can significantly limit their opportunities as an adult.”

In March, U.S. Attorney Goodwin and U.S. Marshal Foster met with Parkersburg High School (W.Va.) faculty and students to discuss school-based violence, bullying and social media. Goodwin began meeting with students throughout the Southern District to discuss school-based violence after a February school shooting in Chardon, OH, claimed the lives of three young people and wounded two others. Over the past several months, Goodwin has met with faculty and students concerning violence, Internet safety, bullying, and other issues facing schools.

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