Photos courtesy the Columbian.
[Originally published by the Columbian. Full article here.]
BATTLE GROUND — Jason Johnson II tossed a ball around with another teenager Sunday afternoon at Bailey’s Tiger Bowl. Then he put on a pair of DUI goggles and tried again.
The 14-year-old Battle Ground High School student threw the ball far outside of the other boy’s reach.
“It wasn’t going to him, even though I was absolutely sure it was going to,” Jason said. Had he been behind the wheel of a car with those goggles on, “I could see how that could be very dangerous.”
The activity was designed to show the teens how drinking alcohol impairs motor skills, and why drinking would be a dangerous thing to do before driving. It was one of several activities local middle and high schools students could try at Spooktacular Fun, a Halloween event aimed at reducing underage drinking and drug use.
It was organized by the Prevent Together Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, and in particular the coalition’s Dream Team, a handful of ninth graders from Battle Ground High School, including Jason.
A couple of dozen kids attended. After about an hour of participating in prevention activities, the students, many wearing Halloween costumes, were treated to pizza and bowling. Goofy sunglasses also were available at a “Throw Shade at Drugs” table.... [Read more]