Program addresses teen violence

Published 1:58 am Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Covington County students in grades 7 through 12 this week will have the opportunity to hear Phil Chalmers, who is considered America’s leading authority on teen homicide.

The “True Lies” school assembly addresses school shootings, bullying, suicide, substance abuse and Internet safety. Earlier this year, Covington County School Board member Jeff Bailey contacted District Attorney Walt Merrell and school superintendents Ted Watson, Shannon Driver and Michael Smithart about providing the opportunity to Covington County students to hear Mr. Chalmers’ presentation. The three school systems agreed to partner for the project.


Today, Wed., Feb. 10
• 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Andalusia High School
• 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Straughn High School (for Florala High School, Pleasant Home High School, Straughn Middle School students)
• 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – Straughn High School (for Straughn High School, Red Level High School, Fleeta High School students)

Thurs., Feb. 11
• 10 – 11 a.m. –  Opp High School
• 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Administrator/educator, law enforcement, parents and community presentation

Parents and members of the community are invited to attend the presentation on Thursday afternoon.

Bailey thanked corporate sponsor PowerSouth as well as the district attorney, Andalusia City Schools, Covington County Schools and Opp City Schools for their participation and support.