LEARNING ABOUT CONSEQUENCES - Truth & Consequences is an event created by the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service, coordinated by 4-H agents throughout the state, and designed to show students the impact of being involved with drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
This is the third year the program has been conducted for Fulton City and Fulton County students. The event is spearheaded by the Fulton / Hickman Counties ASAP Council, a group that works to reduce substance abuse in our counties. T&C was led by Fulton County 4H agent Bernita Cheirs with the assistance of both Fulton Independent and Fulton County FRYSCs.
The following agencies participated:
Fulton County Judge
Fulton City Police
South Fulton Police
Juvenile Probation & Parole officer
Fulton County Attorney’s office
Fulton County Detention Center
Baptist Hospital, Paducah
Purchase District Health Department
Four Rivers Behavioral Health
Fulton County Coroner
Fulton County Extension Agency
Ministers from Parkway Church of Christ, Cayce FUMC, and New Life Family Worship Center
All ninth grade students from Fulton County and Fulton Independent participated in the event. They listened to David Parnell, a recovered drug addict who attempted suicide, tell his story. They watched a 4RBH prevention video. They received a random substance abuse scenario and had to visit booths where they learned what would happen in real life if that scenario occurred. Lastly, the students went through a debriefing with a 4RBH therapist to discuss the experience.
The goal of the event is to show teens the real-life consequences of using alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs so hopefully they decide to never start using them at all.