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Tawnii Thompson

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Transcript of LIFE

Role of the Police Officer
Code of ethics
The Sheriff's Department and your local Police Department work on the idea of Community Partnership.
In order for the Sheriff's Department and your local Police Department to have a good Community Partnership, you not only have a good relationship with the community, you must get them actively involved in solving their own problems.
-------------This isn't easy-------------
Good relationships are based on trust and trust is set up with good deeds and mutual respect.
Actions speak louder than words.
Officers face impossible odds if you do not or will not help them.
Role of the police officer
Bullies are a problem which all of us face at one time or another in our lifetimes. There are no easy answers since each question is unique. We hope to at least leave you with some ideas on how to handle "the bully".
Bullies like to create fear in others and feed off the reactions of their victims.
This makes them feel
When faced with a bully, we need to:
You may face bullies at school, home or anywhere...
When confronted by a bully
Use statements like:
leave me alone
get out of my way
why are you doing this?
go away
don't bully me
Anger is a result of frustration or feeling hurt! People would rather react with anger than express feelings of hurt because they see being hurt as a sign of vulnerability and weakness
Reasons for anger

I want my way therefore I must have it.
what anger does to you
Increases frustration
Prevents problem solving
Can make you physically sick
Loss of relationships
what makes you angry?
appropriate ways to handle anger is to release it without...
1. hurting yourself
2. hurting others
3. hurting your environment
Anger is the feeling people have inside when they are really mad.
Talking is one way to release anger but cannot always be done immediately without saying mean things.
When talking to someone about what they did to make you angry, you can use "I" statements like: "I don't like what you did to me."
If the situation becomes more than you can control GET HELP!
You don't have to deal with this alone
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."

A verbal wound is just as bad as a physical one. Our friends and family are a very rare jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.
How many holes have you left???
As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held as long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…law enforcement.
Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is social pressure on somebody to adopt a type of behavior, dress, or attitude in order to be accepted as part of a group.

Your friends—your peers—are people your age or close to it who have experiences and interests similar to yours.

Children and adolescents cannot always avoid negative peer pressure. It may continue to be a fact of life through childhood and your adult life.
Your peers are going to use every tactic in the book to get you to do the wrong thing. For example, it is common in a social juvenile gathering for one of your peers to pressure you into underage drinking. The best defense is to have several good responses to stop you from going down the wrong path. If your response is good enough maybe you could change the person’s mind and have them follow you in doing the right thing.
Take a look at the table below and decide what you would do in a situation like this. Would you give in to your peer’s tactics or would you respond to it and walk away? Only you can make the final decision.

Alcohol use, abuse and dependency is a health and life-style issue.  It is not a moral or legal issue, although there can be moral and legal consequences.

There are legal consequences to the use of alcohol when used outside of the law.  We can only give consequences for alcohol use to a certain degree.
Example:  OWI  - Underage Consumption – Emergency Detention

Some groups say “NO ONE should drink”, others say “ANYONE who drinks has a drinking problem”.
When we refer to “a drink” in this lesson…
A drink = a 12 oz beer or 1 shot of hard liquor or a 5 oz glass of wine. 
(A wine cooler is actually closer to 1.5 to 2 drinks)
 There are many things that can affect alcohol use:
 How old you are.
 How much you weigh.
 Whether you have eaten or not.
 How tired you are.
 If you are taking any medications or other drugs.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and it is the central nervous system that is most severely affected by alcohol.  When ingested, alcohol passes from the stomach into the small intestine, where it is rapidly absorbed in the blood and distributed throughout the body. 

As blood alcohol concentration increases, a person’s response to stimuli decreases markedly; speech becomes slurred, and he or she becomes unsteady and has trouble walking.  With very high concentration, a person can become comatose and die.  When consumed in large amounts over time, alcohol can harm virtually every organ in your body.
If you wait until children are in middle school to talk to them about the dangers of alcohol, you may be too late.
That’s the message being echoed by educators and substance-abuse experts in the wake of a study released at the start of the school year in which 7% of fourth-graders said they’ve had an alcoholic drink in the past year.
The largest jump in underage alcohol use happens between fifth and sixth grade, when many children begin middle school, the researchers concluded after conducting a review of national and statewide surveys.
In the state of Wisconsin, the laws restricting drinking and possession of alcohol by minors are very strict.  Some people and age groups believe they are too tough.  Others believe they are not tough enough.  What do you think?
In the state of Wisconsin, the laws restricting drinking and possession of alcohol by minors are very strict.  Some people and age groups believe they are too tough.  Others believe they are not tough enough.  What do you think?
If you think these laws are too strict, please, THINK AGAIN!  You have the choice to say NO!  If you choose to drink, then you must accept the consequences of that choice.
Law Enforcement Officers have a difficult role as the enforcers of these laws.  We not only have children that “cover” for friends, but many adults will also “cover up” for children.  These people are NOT helping the children involved.  If you make a decision to disobey a law, YOU MUST TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND ALL THEY CONSEQUENCES INVOLVED.
There are so many reasons NOT to start drinking and so many reasons that we as law enforcement Officers must enforce these laws.   The bottom Line is that we want you all to have a long and safe life.
Make the Right Choice
But if you do choose to drink, remember, you made that choice
And only you are responsible for the consequences!
The internet is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life,
Children of all ages turn to the internet for…
The problem with the World Wide Web is that despite all its wonderful
uses…it also has RISKS

You must know how to protect yourself online!
You have the ability to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
When you are on the Internet you are opening yourself up to numerous dangers.
Sexually Explicit Material
Did you know that kids between age 10 and 17:

1 in every 5 receive a sexual approach over the Internet
1 in 33 receive an approach where the person wants to meet you
1 in 4 has an unwanted exposure to sexual pictures
1 in 17 are threatened or harassed

If any of the above happen to you…


In the state of Wisconsin, the laws restricting drinking and possession of alcohol by minors are very strict. Some people and age groups believe they are too tough. Others believe they are not tough enough. What do you think?

Some of the laws cover “possession of alcohol”, “consuming alcohol”,
and “procuring alcohol”
(persuade or cause someone to do something)
The fines or forfeitures range from $249 to more than $1000
Your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked from 90 days to 2 years
The judge may decide that other penalties would be more appropriate, and if
the minor agrees to these, the options could include:
Community service
Alcohol assessment and participation in court-approved alcohol abuse education programs or enrollment in a treatment program
If you think these laws are too strict, please, THINK AGAIN! You have the choice to say NO! If you choose to drink, then you must accept the consequences of that choice.
Law Enforcement Officers have a difficult role as the enforcers of these laws. We not only have children that “cover” for friends, but many adults will also “cover up” for children. These people are NOT helping the children involved. If you make a decision to disobey a law, YOU MUST TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND ALL THE CONSEQUENCES INVOLVED.
There are so many reasons NOT to start drinking and so many reasons that we, as Law Enforcement Officers, must enforce these laws. The bottom line is that we want you all to have a long and safe life.
Make the Right Choice
But if you do choose to drink, remember, you made that choice.
And only you are responsible for the consequences!
Examples: We may know many people who drink alcohol and they do not have a drinking problem. "Should" is a value based on a person's own experiences.
Alcohol use is a life-style problem...like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. We all know that people with a history of cancer in their family have a greater risk of getting cancer, just as those people with alcoholism in their family have a greater risk of becoming an alcoholic.

Are there people who become alcoholics who do not have anyone in their family with alcoholism?

YES! This is the same as with other diseases.
So, this means we all are at risk for any type of disease...it just depends on how often we practice certain high risk behaviors...this will determine whether we will get that disease or not.
Our bodies learn to adapt to different outside influences. Just as 65 degrees outside can feel very warm in March, but in September, 65 degrees can feel cold until our body learns to adapt to the temperature change.
Our bodies also adapt to chemical changes. If we are used to eating breakfast every morning and then don't, we feel hungry for a while. Our body will longer be used to not eating and we will no longer feel hungry. If we are used to 8 hours of sleep every night, and then suddenly get 5 hours of sleep every night, we will be tired at first, but then our body will adjust.
Using alcohol is also a chemical change. When anyone first begins drinking alcohol, they may become intoxicated after 1 or 2 drinks. If they continue to drink, they will eventually get used to alcohol and their body will adapt, they will no longer 'feel' intoxicated, but they still are... only their body has adapted. Then if they want to 'feel' a certain way, or if they don't 'feel' intoxicated, they will drink more.
So, if a person drinks... and they drink more often... their body will get used to alcohol. They will begin thinking that they can handle their alcohol, but all this really means is that their body is used to more and more alcohol. This seems good to them, but it is NOT!
EXAMPLE: When someone starts smoking... Do they start with a pack a day? NO!!
They start out smoking a few cigarettes, and before they know it, they're smoking 1-2 packs per day.
Does that mean their bodies are used to it? YES!
But is that good? NO!!
That means that they will start craving more! If they smoke more there is a greater risk that they will get sick... cough, less energy, more colds, lung and heart problems, and possible cancer.
 For thousands of years, people have smoked or chewed the leaves of the tobacco plant. Tobacco was first found and cultivated in the Americas, perhaps as early as 6000 B.C. Following the discovery and colonization of North and South America, the tobacco plant was exported widely, to continental Europe and the rest of the civilized world. Even in its early days, tobacco use was controversial. Tobacco was supposed to be protective against the ravages of the Plague and other diseases. Since then, modern research has provided evidence warning of the health risks and addictive nature of tobacco. 
Did you know…
…that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals including the following…

Cancer Causing Agents:
Nitrosamines; Crysenes; Cadmium; Benzopyrene; Polonium 210; Nickel; Dibenz; Acidine; B-napthylene; Urethane; Nitrosonornicotine; Toludene

Aluminum; Zinc; Mercury; Gold; Silicon; Titanium; Lead

Other Chemicals:
(Nail Polish Remover)
; Acetic acid; Ammonia

(floor/toilet cleaner)
; Arsenic

(rat poison
; Butane
(cigarette lighter fluid)
; Cadmium
(rechargeable batteries)
; Carbon Monoxide (deadly exhaust fumes); DDT

; Ethanol alcohol; Formaldehyde

(preservative for

body parts/tissue)
(BBQ lighter)
; Hydrogen cyanide
(gas chamber poison)
; Methane
(swamp gas)
; Methanol
(rocket fuel)
; Napthalene

(moth balls)
; Nicotine
(insecticide and addictive drug)
; Nitrobenzene
(gasoline additive)
; Nitrous oxide phenols
; Stearic Acid
(candle wax)
; Toluene

(paint thinner)

and; Vinyl Chloride
The reason smokers find it so hard to stop once they start is due to nicotine.
Nicotine is a stimulant and a depressant. It is very addictive. While there are thousands of chemicals in the tobacco plant, one chemical, nicotine, produces all the good feelings that draw people back for another cigarette or plug of tobacco. If you were to take one drop full of pure nicotine, you would die. It only takes seconds to start affecting your brain and central nervous system. Tobacco products are also illegal for kids to possess. This includes chewing tobacco, cigars, and pipe tobacco as well as cigarettes.

The fine if you get caught in possession starts at
. The negative effects of nicotine use are rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure and rapid, shallow breathing (not to mention cigarettes stain your teeth brown/yellow and give you bad breath). Long term use can lead to heart attacks, strokes and even cause lung cancer leading to death. Second hand smoke is what smokers breathe out. Smoke from the burning end of a cigarette is as dangerous as the smoke inhaled by a smoker. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get colds, allergies, asthma, and ear/sinus infections.
When others want you to try a cigarette, tell them...
butt out!!!
Drugs destroy millions of lives every year. The most disturbing aspect of this problem is the damage drug abuse does to our young people. In the United States, results from a current National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.5 million Americans (of 8.2% of the population aged 12 or older) were using illicit/illegal drugs. Young people today are exposed earlier than ever to drugs. Usually one starts by using/ experimenting with what we call Gateway Drugs. These are drugs, particularly alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, which lead to the use of other drugs and drug addiction.
People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. Here are some reasons young people have given for taking drugs:
* To Fit In (peer pressure)
* To Escape or Relax
* They are Bored
* It Makes Them Seem Grown Up
* To Rebel
* To Experiment

They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem. Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve. Drugs rob your life of the sensations and joys that are the reasons for living.

Drugs are essentially poisons.

A small amount acts as a stimulant (increases activity). A greater amount acts as a sedative (decreases activity). A still larger amount poisons and can kill. Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. And while drugs might be of short-term value in the handling of pain, they wipe out ability, alertness and muddy one’s thinking.
One has a choice between being dead with drugs or being alive without them.

Say YES to


NO to DRUGS!!!

Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug and is considered a gateway drug.

It comes from the leaves and buds of a plant called Hemp. Marijuana is usually rolled up in a cigarette called a joint or a nail. It can also be brewed as a tea or mixed with food, or smoked through a water pipe called a bong.

Some street names for marijuana are “blunt, pot, weed, skunk, smoke, gangster, and grass”.

There are over 400 chemicals found in marijuana. Mind altering THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most significant which causes the “high” for users. Marijuana is more potent today than it used to be. Growing techniques and selective use of seeds have produced a more powerful drug. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits by young pot smokers. Because a tolerance builds up, marijuana can lead users to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same high.

Marijuana itself does not lead the person to the other drugs: people take drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. Marijuana masks the problem for a time (while the user is high). When the “high” fades, the problem returns more intensely than before. The user may turn to stronger drugs since marijuana no longer “works”.
* Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time
* Decrease Loss of vision and hearing 
* Sleepiness
* Reddening of the eyes
* Increased appetite and relaxed muscles
* Increased heart rate
* Loss of energy and desire in everyday activities
* Poor social skills
* School performance is reduced through impaired memory and lessened ability to solve problems.
* Psychotic symptoms
* Lung disease
* Heart disease
* Bronchitis, coughing and wheezing
* Inability to fight lung infections and illnesses

Cocaine and crack cocaine can be taken orally, through the nose (snorted), intravenously, or in the case of crack, through inhalation of fumes from heating in (smoking it).

The word cocaine refers to the drug in a powder form and crack in a crystal form. Cocaine is made from the coca plant and next to methamphetamine, created the greatest psychological dependence (addiction) of any drug. Cocaine on the street is known as “coke, crack, rock, snow, sniff, and flake”. Cocaine is a very strong and dangerous drug. The makers of cocaine mix it with other white powders so that it is not so strong. The substances used to mix with the pure cocaine can also be dangerous.

Cocaine makers use such things as: rat poison, caffeine, bleach, foot powder, battery acid, and other drugs.

The rush from cocaine is felt within one minute and will typically last from 10 to 20 minutes.
Cocaine causes a short-lived high that is immediately followed by the opposite. 
* Intense feelings of depression and edginess
* Strong craving for more of the drug
* Eating habits drop and sleeplessness occurs
* Increase in heart rate
* Muscle spasms and convulsions
* Feelings of paranoia, anger, hostility, and anxiousness  
* Severe restlessness
* Hallucinations
* High blood pressure leading to stroke or heart attack
* Severe addiction
* Even DEATH - Some people have died after using c cocaine just one time!
Tolerance to the drug develops so that more is needed to produce the same “high”. Coming down from the drug causes severe depression, which becomes deeper and deeper after each use of the drug. This can get so severe that a person will do almost anything to get the drug—even commit murder. And if he or she can’t get cocaine, the depression can get so intense it can drive the addict to suicide.
Inhalants are breathable chemicals that produce mind-altering fumes. Inhalants include chemicals found in such household products as aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, glue, paint, paint thinner, nail polish remover, lighter fuel, gasoline and more. Inhalants affect the brain. When substances or fumes are inhaled through the nose or mouth, they can cause irreversible physical and mental damage. This is called huffing. They starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly. Much of the damage is caused to the brain tissue when the toxic fumes are sniffed straight into the sinus. 
* Lose their sense of smell
* Suffer nausea and nosebleeds
* Develop liver, lung, and kidney problems
* Inability to walk, talk, and think normally
* Severe mood swings
* Sleeplessness
* Depression
* Hallucinations
* Chronic use can lead to reduced muscle mass, tone, and strength (muscle wasting)
* Lead to heart attack
* Suffocation, like being chocked to death
* Permanently damage the body and brain
* Extreme violence
Using inhalants is like putting a blindfold over your eyes and running across a busy highway. You might be able to cross safely 1, 2, or even 3 times; but the more you try it the sooner you’re going to get hit or killed. Using inhalants is the same, you might get away with it a few times but continued use will result in death or permanent injuries.
Over the counter medications are drugs that can be obtained without a doctor’s written prescription.

Common ones are cough syrups, aspirin, cold medicines, and asthma medications. All medicines, if abused, can be harmful.

Prescription medications are controlled substances. These drugs are closely monitored by doctors and pharmacists. They are intended to help sick people feel better. They are obtained with a prescription (written permission from a doctor).

If you take someone else’s prescription medication you could become very ill or even die.

If you are taking prescription drugs, take exactly what the doctor orders and not any more. Never mix prescription medications with alcohol. Never take any type of medication unless your parents give you the right dose. Mind and body can become addicted to medicines. Below are just a couple of prescription medications abused by kids today.
RITALIN ABUSE (also known as Adderall for treating ADHD)
Ritalin is classified as a Scheduled II narcotic—the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. It is abused by teens for its stimulants effects. The law forbids unrestricted distribution of these powerful stimulants without a prescription. In some schools as many as 20% of the students take Ritalin regularly.

Ritalin has many street names such as “diet coke, kiddie coke, skittles, smarties, and rids”. Hazards multiply when users grind and snort it, liquefy or inject it, and use it with other drugs. This drug is meant to be taken orally only by the person who has the prescription and the doses are monitored. Abuse in larger doses puts stress on the heart, which can be fatal, and injection causes serious damage to the lungs and eyes. 
* Increase in nervousness
* Insomnia, pulse changes and heart problems
* May cause visual hallucinations
* Aggressive or violent behavior
* Irreversible damage to the blood vessels of the heart and brain
* Liver, kidney, and lung damage
* Malnutrition and weight loss
* Eating disorders such as anorexia
* May lead to stroke, heart attack, or possible epilepsy 
* Even DEATH
Recent studies have shown that after only three months of abuse, children may develop permanent genetic abnormalities.
OXYCODONE ABUSE (also known as oxycontin)

Oxycodone is also a Scheduled II narcotic and a powerful painkiller.

It is a legal narcotic drug available by prescription to treat severe pain. In pill form it is a controlled-release medication. When the drug is abused, it is crushed and snorted, chewed or mixed with water and injected---eliminating the time-release factor and providing a quick and intense rush to the brain.
As powerful as heroin, Oxycodone affects the nervous system the same way and can be extremely addicting. Chronic use can result in increased tolerance so that higher doses are taken to experience the initial effect. Over time, the drug becomes addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. 
* Common side effects include constipation, nausea, tiredness, and dizziness
* Vomiting, headaches, sweating, and weakness.
* Chronic restlessness
* Muscle and bone pain
* Diarrhea and cold flashes
* Involuntary movements
* Seizures and even DEATH

Crystal meth and meth are inhaled, smoked, or injected. Low doses are in pill form.

Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine that resembles small fragments of glass or shinny blue-white rocks. On the street, it is known as “ice, crystal, glass, crank” and other names.

It is a highly powerful and addictive man-made stimulant that causes aggression and violent or psychotic behavior. Many users report getting hooked (addicted) from the first time they use it. It is one of the hardest drugs to treat. Chronic users report decreased hunger followed by weight loss. In higher doses it has a greater “rush”, followed by increased agitation and sometimes violence. Those who recover are usually subject to permanent memory loss and mood swings. 
* Increased aggressiveness and irritability
* Insomnia, hyperactivity, anxiety, and confusion
* Hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions of power
* Increased heart rate, irregular heart beat and blood pressure
* Permanent damage to blood vessels in the brain causing brain damage
* Can cause a stroke or heart attack
* Can cause convulsions leading to DEATH
Dear Students,
 Let me introduce you to the prevention program, LIFE (Lasting Impressions For Ever). We will be spending the next few weeks learning how to avoid drugs and trouble by teaching you ways to deal with situations as they occur.
 LIFE was developed by our teachers, police officers, and social services. The entire community is committed to giving their very best to make sure you remain drug-free and crime-free. 
 This program is designed to be informative, and also gives you the opportunity to know a police officer. Please ask your LIFE instructor related questions during the first session, “The Role of the Police Officer”. We have a lot of material to cover and your close attention will be appreciated. Therefore, we hope you will be willing to follow these rules:
1. Please raise your hand before talking or asking a question. NO interrupting other students.
2. Respect your classmate’s questions and comments.
3. Your input and questions are encouraged, but please wait your turn and allow everyone to participate.
4. Ask questions, do not tell stories. Class time is limited and your stories may embarrass others.
5. If you have a problem you need to discuss privately, see your instructor after class.
Please use this opportunity to get to know your instructor and learn how to be an outstanding member of your community. 
        Your LIFE Instructor
Safety on campus:
Report rumors, threats, crimes, or suspicious activities to teachers, principals, Officers, or other adults.
Refuse to bring a weapon to school, refuse to carry a weapon for someone else, and refuse to keep silent about those who carry weapons.
Check your backpack, jackets, pants, etc to make sure you don’t have something that would be considered a weapon on school grounds.
Report to your teacher or principal anyone that you see in your school that looks suspicious or doesn’t look like they belong in your school. Also report any suspicious packages or items in, or around your school.
While at recess if you see a stranger watching you or notice a vehicle that is acting suspicious, report to your recess supervisor.
If your teacher tells you there is lock down of the school make sure you do the following:
Be very quiet
Get as far away from glass door as possible
Follow teacher’s instructions
Cyberbullying is intentional, repeated harm to another person using communication technology. It is not accidental or random. It is targeted to a person with less perceived power. This may be someone younger or weaker. Any communication device may be used to harass or intimidate a victim, such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer. Any communication platform may host cyberbullying: social media sites (Facebook, Twitter), apps (Snapchat, Instagram), websites (forums or blogs), and any place where one person can communicate with – or at – another person electronically.
Without drugs, a person thinks of something and gets a clear picture of it in his or her mind. When using drugs, the mind gets a blurred picture causing blank spots. When a person tries to get information through this cloudy mess, he or she can’t do it.
According to a National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, kids who frequently use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. They are five times more likely to steal than those who do not use the drug.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.
Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites (Facebook & Twitter), text messages, and apps (Snapchat & Instagram).

Examples of cyberbullying include: mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Effects of Cyberbullying
Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:
Use alcohol and drugs
Skip school
Experience in-person bullying
Be unwilling to attend school
Receive poor grades
Have lower self-esteem
Have more health problems
2. Just say no, plainly and firmly.
In some situations, just saying no without a lot of arguing and explaining is the best response, Just make sure you’re “no” is a strong and determined one.
3. Suggest an alternative activity.
Lots of kids wind up doing stuff they shouldn’t because they lack other options.
They’re bored.
By thinking of something better to do, you’re offering everyone an “out”. You just might be surprised who might take you up on it.
4. Ignore the suggestion.
Pretend you didn’t hear it, and change the topic to something else. Act like you don’t think the idea was even worth discussing.
5. The power of numbers.
Make a pact with your friends to stay true to your beliefs and stand up for what you believe in. Often, knowing that your friends will back you up can help you feel more comfortable being assertive. Sometimes “we” feels stronger than “I”.
1. Give a reason why it’s a bad idea.
Maybe you can’t smoke because you want to be able to run the mile for the track team.
Maybe you don’t want to drink because you know someone who is an alcoholic and you can see how drinking has messed up their life.
Backing up your refusal with evidence gives it more power.
Here are 5 ways that you can reply to peer pressure:
Influences in the media
Split into two groups of five
and go over the following scenarios
Drugs make a person feel slow or stupid and cause the person to have failures in life. And the more failures and harder life gets, the more drugs the person wants to help with the problem. This risk leads to dependency, health problems, overdoses, accidents, legal problems, destruction of relationships and even death. This can distort the drug user’s perception of what is happening around him or her. Residue and other toxins from drugs can lodge and stay in your body for years.
As a result, the person’s actions may appear very odd or irrational. This can cause lowered perception, tiredness, confused thinking, and even violent behavior. 

•By age 15, about 33 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink
•By age 18, about 60 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink
•In 2015, 7.7 million young people ages 12–20 reported that they drank alcohol beyond “just a few sips” in the past month.
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