A ‘hard-hitting’ new DVD which shows the sometimes devastating consequences of poor choices by young people is being rolled out in schools and colleges across Mid Ulster by the PSNI and Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).
The Life Choices DVD was developed by PSNI Inspector Keith Jamieson who worked with a local young film maker, Gerald D’eath, and his cast and crew, to produce what has been described as a ‘hard-hitting’ and ‘thought-provoking’ piece of film.
Locations in and around the Dungannon area were used in the film, and the teachers and pupils of Drumglass High School grasped the opportunity to participate, with a number of enthusiastic students taking on acting roles.
The storyline refers to the ‘Life Choices’ made during the teenage years of two young men who grow up together in the same area and how these choices, both ‘good and bad’, dramatically impact upon their future lives.
The DVD covers issues such as underage drinking and cyber bullying, drug taking, peer pressure and assault, and will be delivered by PSNI Schools Officers, Constables Sue Wright, Marty Allen and Lyndsay Cunningham who have the experience and expertise to support students in dealing with any concerns, questions or issues they may have.
The PSNI Schools Officers said:
“The DVD is powerful viewing. It gives young people a voice and will now be used to educate a wide spectrum of young people so that they can better understand the issue. It is appropriate that we heighten awareness of this dreadful scourge on our society and encourage young people to make the right choices.”
PCSP Chair, Councillor Phelim Gildernew, said:
“Making choices is part of everyday life. Our decisions can bring success or failure, happiness or heartache. Either way, we have to live with the consequences of the decisions that we make.
“This DVD is an excellent resource and with the support of the PSNI Schools Officers, teachers and family, hopefully the young people who watch this film will learn from the mistakes made by our main character, Hayden, and make the right choices in life.”
The PCSP works to help make communities safer and ensure that the voices of local people are heard on policing and community safety issues. To find out more about the work of the Mid Ulster PCSP, contact Michael McCrory, PCSP Manager, Tel: 03000 132 132, E: [email protected] or click here.