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Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View Hosts First Youth Drug Summit

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. - The DEA and other groups instructed children about drugs and alcohol at Lord Baltimore Elementary School's first youth drug summit on Thursday. 

Topics included the health of young bodies and minds, safety, impact of drug use, community services and knowledge about drug and alcohol use.

The youth summit was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration Philadelphia Field Division Community Outreach Section, Ocean View Police Department, Sussex Central High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, Attack Addiction of Delaware and Lions Club of Bethany Beach.

Shawn Ellerman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the DEA, stressed how important it was they target the younger children now rather than later. 

"When we go to high schools, it's important, however the message to instill in them, it's actually too late. We want to start getting to elementary and middle school kids because that's when the choices are starting to develop," said Ellerman. 

One of the activities was hip-hop dancing where instructors showed kids how they can use their bodies to make healthy choices, like dancing, instead of doing drugs.

High school students were invited to mentor the children throughout the day. Indian River High School student Kree Lowe said high school students are a good resource for elementary school children.  

"Everyday we see someone get in trouble for it, we see people walk out in handcuffs, we've seen all the consequences so it's important for them to have people to have examples and have lived through it, and know what it's like to say no," said Lowe. 

Parents were invited to an educational session at 6pm on Thursday, led by DEA representatives. They discussed how the impact of drugs, alcohol and tobacco affects families and the local community, and how parents can keep children safe.

 

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