Inmates Tell Students To Stay In School

Students at area high schools in Onslow County got a reality check Friday about the consequences of dropping out of school.

The "Choice Bus" rolled up to White Oak High Friday morning -- a bus that's half classroom half prison cell.

Students listened to a documentary of actual people in prison that dropped out of high school and are now locked up. They told their stories of why they should have stayed in school.

After the documentary, students were able to tour a prison cell on the bus -- replicated to be the same size as an actual cell, complete with a steel bed and toilet.

The documentary showed students dropouts earn an average of $17,000 a year versus high school graduates who earn $27,000 a year.

The program is sponsored by the Mattie C. Stewart non-profit foundation, dedicated to reducing high school dropout rates.

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