Marshall Students Are Getting A Lesson – From The Sheriff’s Office

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ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County Students are getting a visit from the Sheriff’s Office and learning a lesson deputies hope they won’t forget.

The Sheriff’s Office’s mobile classroom is packed full of third graders at Asbury Elementary.

From the questions they’re answering, it looks like they have a pretty good handle on the message  Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Heath Thomas is trying get across.

“Nobody wants to grow up and be in the county jail for ten years, do you?” Lieutenant Thomas asks.

He’s answered with a chorus of “No!”

It’s red ribbon week at Asbury Elementary School.

That means for four days the Sheriff’s Office will talk to the students about staying away from drugs, and the dangers of abusing them.  “The more time we spend drilling the message the less likely we’ll see them addicted to drugs or going to the county jail,” Lieutenant Thomas says.

The nearly two week, county-wide program has been going on every year since 2007.
Lieutenant Thomas says watching kids go through the program year after year and then graduating high school shows it’s successful. “I don’t recall seeing one of them in the county jail,” he says.

Marshall County Assistant District Attorney Chris Abel says the program is a good preventative measure to take. He says teens are more likely to abuse prescription drugs. “They start using those drugs, become addicted to them, and then unfortunately use that as a gateway for more serious drugs,” Abel says.

So he says teaching kids early abusing any drug is wrong will help reduce arrests in the future.


Deputies try to stay four days at each school. The program will end next week.

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