(photo courtesy of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin)
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Federal leaders in the region met with middle and high school students and faculty Tuesday to discuss the impacts of illegal drug use, bullying and social media abuse, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.
Goodwin -- along with U.S. 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.
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.
"The reason we are here today is to encourage students to make the right choices – to be ambassadors for justice and change,” Goodwin said. “It can make a tremendous difference in their lives as well as the lives of their peers.”
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.”
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.”