By Jan White
CROCKETT – On Wednesday, March 2, Houston County AgriLife Extension conducted a Teen Safety Seminar at the Crockett Civic Center.
More than 150 seventh and eighth graders from Latexo and Grapeland Junior High attended.
Discussions on teen risk behaviors were presented by several organizations, including the Crockett Police Department, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas, Family Crisis Center of East Texas, Texas Department of State Health Services,
Watch UR BAC, Houston County District Attorney and WhenSeanSpeaks.
Individuals and teams provided information and reinforced positive lifestyle choices in an impactful way by offering activities that were both fun and informative. Topics included: vaping, alcohol awareness, bullying, illicit drugs, social media, and healthy relationships.
The highlight of the seminar was guest speaker Sean Carter with WhenSeanSpeaks.
On March 27, 2005, Sean was riding shotgun with a drunken college friend when the truck spun out of control, slamming it into a tree. Sean suffered a traumatic brain injury which left him unable to walk or talk. Sean and his mother, Jenny Carter, have traveled throughout Texas and other parts of the United States, speaking frankly about Sean’s choices that placed him in a wheelchair. It’s a story of the consequences of risky behavior, but also about faith and purpose and overcoming adversity.
Lunch was provided in part by Houston County Farm Bureau, Standing With Crockett, and Brookshire Brothers. Piney Woods Lions Club members assisted with programming organization and food service.