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A boy's essay about his mom: 'She picked drugs over me'

June 25th, 2014 1:19 pm by Jeff Bobo, NET News Service

A boy's essay about his mom: 'She picked drugs over me'

HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen hands out certificates during DREAM class graduation for Hawkins County fifth-graders last month. (photo courtesy of HCSO)

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County fifth grader wrote in an essay last month he is angry that his mother chose drugs over him, but thanks to a class offered by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, the boy says he won't follow in her footsteps.

In 2011-12 Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson launched the DREAM (Drug Resistance Education and Anger Management) program in Hawkins County Schools, with SROs teaching the class one day per week for 10 weeks to

every fifth-grader in the county school system.

At the end of the 10 week course students are asked to write an essay talking about what the DREAM program has meant to them.

The SRO at Hawkins Elementary School brought one of this year's student essays to the attention of Lawson.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the story.

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