Students at the Jordan Road School learned a very important lesson on Wednesday about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Some students say this one presentation may have given them a whole new outlook on life.
Deanna Demnisky is part of the Philadelphia Police Department Narcotics Bureau.
When she's not pounding the pavement dealing with crime, she's attempting to educate young students on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. "You always need to keep your head up. Know where you are going, and know who you are with at all times."
The program called "Heads Up" was presented on Wednesday to Jordan Road Middle School students.
"I think a lot of people are going to think twice when in high school, going to parties and everything. They will remember this,” said 8th grader Eddie McGettigan
The video presentation consisted of real life stories of those who lost their lives and those who managed to survive.
A number of students needed to leave the assembly. Students and even teachers became overwhelmed by the images portrayed in the video.
"I felt bad. I wanted to help them. I wanted to comfort them. But I know they needed their own time and it was shocking to me. I didn't know how to feel about it,” said 8th grader, Gia Genova.
Members of the Somers Point Police Department were also in attendance. They say presentations like "Heads Up" are being done at local schools in hopes of combating ongoing heroin problems.
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