Youth Town Hall Promoted in West Valley View
Beth Hastings knows that when her students leave school each day, they are at risk.
Teens can make many decisions that are potentially destructive and one of the most prevalent is drinking alcohol, the high school teacher said.
"The average age for the first drink among kids in Buckeye is 13; that's before they get to me in high school," Hastings said.
Hastings has helped sponsor a chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions at Youngker High School in Buckeye. The group was selected from a national database to hold a town hall on underage drinking. The event will be at 6 p.m. Thursday. Youngker High School is at 3000 S. Apache Road in Buckeye.
"I think it's huge for the community. It will bring the community into our school and hopefully form partnerships," Hastings said.
Research shows in Buckeye, 82 percent of youths report drinking. Among youths, 43 percent say they drink alcohol at parties when parents are away. The average age of first drug use is 13 years old. About one out of four students in Buckeye is using prescription medications to get high.