COLUMBIA - Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Boone County Public Health Department hosted the "Get the Scoop" event for eighth and ninth graders.
About to enter a high school environment with even more social concerns than junior high, students told KOMU that they already witness drug and alcohol use and violence. They said they hope to avoid such temptations when they get to high school.
The event was designed to help teenagers out with problems they might have now at school or home, as well. The program had break out sessions throughout the day. One of the breakout sessions was designed to show kids how to be respectful. Another dealt with how teenagers should handle violence.
Keynote speaker Kam Phillips told students that their lives will be much less complicated if they stay away from temptations that could jeopardize their future.
The event took place at the Parkade Center.