EBR Students Pledge to ‘Be the One’ to Report Suspicious Activity
- April 15, 2008
EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff explain the importance of reporting crime before it happens during the ICARE April Event.
East Baton Rouge Parish School System middle and high school students received an assignment to keep their eyes and ears open for suspicious or dangerous activity around their schools and in the community.
The 7th Annual ICARE April Event featured the theme “Be the One!” to save a life by reporting what you know about possible violent acts in progress or being planned.
Approximately 300 middle school students packed the McKinley Middle Magnet School auditorium on Tuesday April 15. Also, students at East Baton Rouge Parish high schools watched the event from their campuses by video conference.
Special guests included Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. Their message encouraged students not to be afraid to speak up about what they know, saying it could be the difference between life and death. “Imagine if your best friend was hurt or killed because you knew something was going to happen and you said nothing,” Gautreaux said. “Don’t worry about being a snitch,” LeDuff urged. “Do the right thing.”
Superintendent Charlotte Placide explained to students the importance of protecting their schools. “Be the one to say ‘Not in my school’,” she urged.
John Pastorek and Sylvia Weatherspoon, WBRZ News 2 anchors, served as hosts for the event. They led students through a serious of survey questions about reporting violence, weapons and illegal drugs on school campuses.
Students watched video enactments which portrayed both the consequence of what occurs when a student alerts the proper authorities and when they do not. The question and answer sessions provided students an opportunity to give feedback on the various topics.
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