Law enforcement shocked by results from survey created by 6th graders

6th graders create survey making law enforcement take notice

RUSK COUNTY, TX - Henderson Middle School students Kyndall Burton and Morgan Doerge take part in their school's campus crime stopper program. 

In November, it was their month to present on a topic, and they chose drugs.

Fellow student, Burton, says this topic hits close to home. 

"I have some family members... that have been involved in this type of thing and so it's kind of close to my heart to raise awareness," she said. 

It was an anonymous survey asking eight questions regarding interest in drugs, trying drugs and even people using drugs around others. 

Doerge said one of the most shocking questions was the last one. 

"The eighth question was 'have you ever been around anyone doing drugs?' 336 said no but 130 said yes," Doerge said. 

Sergeant David Roberts with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office says the results are shocking, making him realize many kids think they know drugs, but they don't. He wants to change that so they are aware of what drugs do to people.

"Show em' what is methamphetamine. Show them pictures of what meth will do to you," he said. 

Sergeant Roberts plans on asking all the schools in the county to have their students take this survey in the new year.

After that, he plans on compiling all the results and figure out the best way to educate students, and prevent drugs in the community. 

"I'm not going to change a 30-year-old. I'm not going to change a 40-year-old, but I can make a difference with a child," Roberts stated.

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