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Central High School counselor Annette Long coordinated with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office who presented information to our students on the SAFE Student Pledge initiative.
Doug Howard, law enforcement coordinator and public information officer, explained, “The goals of the pledge are to help young people understand the roles that they can play in reducing gun endangerment and violence by making responsible decisions and also to foster discussions among them and their families about the necessity of responsible gun ownership. We hope that giving students the opportunity to recite and sign the pledge in the company of their peers sparks important conversations about the dangers of gun violence. We also encourage teachers and administrators to take the opportunity to talk with students about school gun violence, responsible choices and good decision making during the pledge signing.”
The pledge was distributed to our students in honor of the Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence. Thank you to Doug Howard, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Jones and Special Agent Freddy Young with Alabama Tobacco and Firearms for speaking with our students on the importance of gun safety. Coosa County Sheriff Michael Howell also spoke with the students about the importance of making good choices.