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U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis Speaks To Middle School Students In Hattiesburg During National Bullying Prevention Month

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Miss – U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Williams spoke to students at N.R. Burger Middle School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on October 16 and 17 as a part of the school’s recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. The officials presented the Southern District of Mississippi’s Legal Enrichment and Decision Making (LEAD) Program. They spoke to the 6th and 7th grade students about the importance of obtaining an education and making good choices which will put students on the path to success. They also spoke to students about bullying, gang avoidance, the dangers of illegal drug abuse, and safely using the internet and social media.

U. S. Attorney Davis said, “The reason we are here today is to emphasize the importance of education and the opportunities it provides for students. The decisions made while in school can make a tremendous difference in their lives as well as their peers.”

Davis continued, “One of my primary goals as a prosecutor is to prevent crimes from happening in the first place. Educating students about the social and legal consequences of their decisions is essential to reducing negative behavior and making our communities safe,” U.S. Attorney Davis said.

Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, US Attorney Davis and the Assistant United States Attorneys of the Southern District of Mississippi will be traveling to middle and high schools throughout the Southern District of Mississippi to present the LEAD program. School districts that are interested in having the program presented should contact Sheila Wilbanks with the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 601-965-4480.

Updated November 30, 2015