Teen Safety Summit Raises Awareness and Education on Local Youth Issues
A crowd of over 200 students, teachers, law enforcement and other community members gathered at the Holiday Inn in Taunton Friday for the first annual Teen Safety Summit.
The event was hosted by Bristol County DA Thomas Quinn and his office's Underage Drinking Task Force.
The summit featured guest speaker Kathi Meyer-Sullivan, who lost her daughter Taylor to underage drinking nearly seven years ago. She says speaking to youth keeps her daughter's memory alive and teaches them to make good choice.
"When they see me up there they don't see me; they see their family member, they see their mother, their guardian, whoever it is that loves them and then they realize how important they are," Meyer-Sullivan said. "It's just shocking to be able to see them make a better choice becasue of (Taylor). It's just awesome."
Quinn says it's important to continue to reach out to the area's youth.
"It's a tough time to grow up, people make mistakes and they could be fatal. We don't want to see that but we want to try and emphasize to make the right decisions in these areas and if you don't, try and rectify it and move forward," Quinn said.
After the speaking portion, attendees had the opportunity to take part in workshops about underage drinking, cyber bullying, suicide prevention opiate addiction and a variety of other topics.