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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  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Your right Dar. I sped past that. I apologize for that. I stand by the rest of what I said.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    Anonymous, did you speed read the story? The kids saw a documentary and part of how a jail cell looks while on the "bus". Inmates were never on campus. I agree with you on prayer and the Pledge of Allegence and heaven help the stupid school official that would give my child a condom because someone would tote a whooping. You can have the most qualified and incredible teachers there are in the world at school but if the parents don't do their job it could be a losing battle. Teachers can do it all. You can tell a child that the stove is hot but until they touch it they won't understand. Having at risk kids watch a video where there are concerned inmates trying to do something good while in prison shows that do still have some humanity. If it keeps one child on the straight and narrow, it is worth it. As you said, our children are the future and we try to do the best we can.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    Can not pray in school. Don't say the Pledge of Allegence. Giving out condoms and bad advice to your kids. Now inmates are on campus with 'good advice'for your kids? Are you serious? I guess I was the last generation to be raised and taught by decent human beings who had good sense. Sending your child to public school is like handing them over to predators. This is like sending your kids off to war. I don't give a RIP if you don't like my comment. Public school is getting worse every single day! Read some of the horrible english and spelling that is used in some of these comments. American kids can not even speak their own language and be understood. Kids are getting dumber and dumber and so are the teachers. PAY THEM MORE AND GET BETTER QUALITY PEOPLE IN THESE SCHOOLS! THESE KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE AND ITS NOT LOOKING SO BRIGHT!
  • by wesley ellis Location: jacksonville white oak high school on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    spencer told the truth about everything it really that eye oppener
  • by Jake Location: Washington on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    I think it's a good idea!!
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    Wow, Annonymous, you sound a little jaded. Ever heard of "Scared Straight"? Its a program designed to give kids a real dose of reality of what could happen if they don't stay in school and keep out of trouble. Yes, there are non-profit orgnizations out there that do incredible work as well as organizations that profess that status but is nothing but a racket. Sometime it takes outside forces to get message thru to kids where parents can't or just plain won't. There are prisons across this country that have these types programs and inmates involved do show some humanity by the fact that they don't want kids to travel the road that brought them to prison. Prisons can change people for the worst and sometimes for the better and if inmates want to help I'm all for it. Quit be so negative and rejoice that you 98.6 and free.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    First of all thier is no such thing as non profit.Nobody does something for nothing.And you are going to tell me that an inmate is capable of telling kids what to do or not to do .Last I check these people are inmates for a reason and they should not have contact with the outside world let alone our kids.And by the way tax dollars pay for every inmate every second,minute and hour of the day.WHAT A SHAME!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Sep 25, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    I agree with Jim.
  • by Jim on Sep 25, 2009 at 07:00 PM
    Anonymous...Perhaps you need to go back to school to learn how to read. The story says "The Choice Bus" rolled up to the school...the students didn't go anywhere. And taxpayer dollars weren't used for this program...it was sponsored by a non-profit. I personally think it is quite a powerful message to hear from people who have skrewed up saying this is what will happen to you. But if you only want to look at this story through the eyes of bashing teachers and costing taxpayers, then that's what you'll see. What a shame.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    So now we have prisoners teaching our kids! The schools can't find anything else to do but give them a field trip to a prison facility?What a waste of our kids time and tax payers dollars.
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