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Dr. King says “Stay Drug Free”
Mark Goldman, a forensic investigator with the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office, speaks to students Wednesday morning at Lockport Middle School.
LOCKPORT — They’ve been told drugs were bad for as long as they’ve known what drugs are.
But on Wednesday morning around 350 students from Lockport Middle School were presented with real-world examples of the consequences illegal substances can have from Mark Goldman, a forensic investigator for the Lafourche Coroner’s Office.
Goldman’s story about a 10-year-old honor student who died after snorting a “white powdery substance” for the first time resonated with the students, who were not much older than the story’s victim.
“That was shocking,” said Nicholas “Bud” Autin, a 13-year-old in the eighth grade. “Most people use it a bunch of times before they die.”
Goldman’s speech came in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, a national program designed to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It was sponsored by the Lafourche Coroner’s Office and the Lafourche Children and Youth Planning Board.
This year is the first time the Lafourche Coroner’s Office has participated in Red Ribbon Week.
Goldman is scheduled to speak about the dangers of drugs at seven elementary and middle schools this week.
He focused much of his speech to Lockport Middle students on the importance of ignoring peer pressure and the consequences that come from drug use.
Goldman combined those two elements in his story about a boy named “Jimmy,” who died from drug use at age 10. Goldman based the story on a real case he worked in another parish.
In the story, “Jimmy” and two friends skipped school, only to wind up in a so-called crackhouse.
The boys each snorted cocaine once inside. But Jimmy snorted more than the others and subsequently died.
Goldman then had to explain to the boy’s mother how her son died.
He described the boy’s passing as a “senseless death” and implored the students, “If you know it’s wrong, don’t do it.”
Near the end of his speech, Goldman paused to ask how many knew someone who used drugs.
The large number of raised hands across the gym only validated what Goldman already knew.
“These kids know a lot more than what we think,” Goldman said. “But they don’t know the results when we see them.”
Lockport Middle, which teaches sixth through eighth grade, has not had any cases of students bringing illegal drugs to school in recent years, Principal Nancy Curole said.
“Just because we are not finding it on the kids doesn’t mean there aren’t problems,” Curole said.
Programs like Red Ribbon Week offer educators an important opportunity to focus on students’ total well-being, rather than their test aptitude, she added.
Goldman’s speech left an impression on 13-year-old Austin Gonzales.
“It was very surprising and interesting,” Gonzales, an eighth-grader, said. “It kind of shows you that you shouldn’t try it all.”