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Town Hall meeting will address underage drinking at Decatur High

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Town Hall meeting will address underage drinking at Decatur High

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Decatur Police Department will talk to high school students about drinking during a special town hall meeting on Thursday night.

The meeting will be held at The Church at Decatur Heights, 735 Sycamore Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. It begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 8 pm. The list of speakers includes …

– Terrie Moore, Decatur Prevention Initiative

– Wendy Jefferson, Emory University School of Medicine

– Lt. Jennifer Ross, Decatur Police Department

– Diane Hill, Juvenile Court of DeKalb County.

According to the meeting announcement, a survey of Decatur High students found that 22 percent of 10th graders and 42 percent of 12th graders reported consuming alcohol within the last 30 days. The survey also found that 15 percent of 10th graders and 23 percent of 12th graders reported binge drinking in the last 30 days.

Decatur High Principal Noel Maloof said he is supportive of the Town Hall and said there will be a “Drunk Driving Awareness” course at the school this Friday, organized in conjunction with Thursday’s meeting.

Maloof said the results of the survey are not a surprise to him.

“All high schools get those kind of results right now,” he said.

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