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News and Notes for Instructors
OAG Gang Video Available
The Office of the Attorney General has produced an anti-gang video especially for kids. After careful collaboration with law enforcement, school educators and psychologists, The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs was produced to expose the dark reality of gangs preying upon our children through lies and manipulation.
The video is a frank and unscripted documentary and presents an extraordinary opportunity for pre- and early teens to learn about the false promises gang members make to lure them into their ranks. The video features gang members, law enforcement, and children who speak directly to the audience about gang recruiting methods, specific ways kids can avoid joining a gang, and most importantly, lifestyle choices to help them stay away from gangs.
Educating our youth about the ugly truth behind gangs and ways to stay away from gang life, gives them the tools necessary to make positive choices. The The Big Lie can be used in conjunction with the Virginia Rules Gangs curriculum as an effective tool to reduce gang involvement and violence among middle and high school kids. The video was produced with a grant from Safe and Drug Free Schools.
To request gang awareness training in your area, contact Shannon Freeman at 804-692-0484 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit The Big Lie Video request form (PDF) to request the video to show to your students.
For more information on the Gang Prevention Program Resources, visit the OAG website.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
A 2011 study shows drivers who write text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers. State attorneys general, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Ad Council joined together to unveil a public service announcement campaign, urging young adults to "Stop the texts and stop the wrecks." Visit the website at StopTextsStopWrecks.org
According to the study 82 percent of young adult drivers aged 16-24 have read a text message while driving. Additionally, NHTSA reports that 16 percent of all drivers younger than age 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
Want to teach awareness on distracted driving this April? Here are some resources:
- National Safety Council
- Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
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