Trinity Christian School recently hosted a presentation by some of the state's leading public safety and law enforcement officials in the school's auditorium.
Ellis Wood, a governor-appointed member of the Georgia Public Safety Commission and a Trinity grandparent, arranged for several guest speakers to present information to Trinity's upper-school students in sixth through 12th grades.
Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of public safety for Georgia and colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, gave an inspiring talk using the Biblical story of David and Goliath to remind students to trust God to help them overcome the obstacles they face in life.
Dan Kirk, assistant director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, warned students to think before clicking "send" on their phones.
Nelly Miles, public affairs deputy director with the GBI, then discussed the dangers of drug use. With an education in chemistry, Miles pointed out that she knows all too well how damaging it can be.
"Drug abuse does not discriminate," she said. "It doesn't care about what grades you make, the family you come from, how much money you have, your beliefs, the color of your skin. It is continuing to ravage our community."
Miles gave three points she wanted the kids to remember. She first told the story of a frantic friend who called with questions about her 15-year-old nephew who had attended a party the night before and taken a pill. He reacted badly and was admitted to a mental facility.
The illegal drug permanently damaged part of his brain.
"One hit can take you out," Miles said. "That one bad decision has changed the course of his life."
Second, she said, "don't be fooled by a pretty package," explaining that someone might offer a sweet-looking dessert, but it could be laced with other things.
Finally, Miles told the students to "be careful who you call your friend," reminding them that if someone ever offers them drugs, illegal or prescription, they shouldn't be considered a friend.
Maj. Stephen Adams with the Department of Natural Resources reiterated the importance of making responsible choices in life. Georgia Public Safety Training Center director Chris Wigginton then introduced students to the Safety Center based in Forsyth and explained the rigorous training process law enforcement officers go through.
Finally, Ricky Myrick with the Department of Corrections closed the meeting with a K-9 demonstration. Kids watched as the dog successfully sniffed out drugs that were hidden in the auditorium.
More than 40 law enforcement officers, both local and from throughout the state, as well as other local commissioners and dignitaries attended the event as supporters and observers.
"It was great for our students to hear from these high-ranking officials about the importance of making wise choices in life," said headmaster David Lattner.