On Insight last week, I mentioned that I spoke at Granite Bay High School, showed them the video of Brandon withdrawing from Oxy, and that it visibly affected the audience. I believe I said, “There was not a dry eye in the house.” Jeffrey Callison, the program’s interviewer, admitted that the video was “hard to watch.”
Well, judging by the written responses I received from some GBHS students, it was powerful, and in a good way.
Sure, the letter was an obligatory assignment given to the kids post-assembly: Write a note to Mr. DeHaven telling him what you thought of his presentation. I received over fifty handwritten notes. Many of these notes seemed sincere and were very moving.
For instance, this note: “Out of all the speeches, lessons, lectures, etc. that I have listened to, yours impacted me the most. Our class was greatly impacted by you and your son’s story. You not only informed us the dangers of drug addiction, you gave us an example.”
And this: “I enjoyed every word you said and I was wondering through the whole presentation, why don’t teachers and schools have speeches like this everywhere? Also, I never even considered taking drugs, but this just make me not even want to look at them.”
And this: “The video you showed us gave me an idea on how horrible drugs can be on the body. From you telling me what you and your son have been through, I will use all the force that I can to stay away from becoming a drug addict by not experimenting with them. I have learned that being a drug addict not only affects yourself but your friends and family. I would not want the people I care about suffer.”
“Why don’t teachers and schools have speeches like this everywhere?”
I thought there was drug awareness education in schools? Help me out here.