By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Tupelo Police officers took a proactive step on Thursday to remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving.
In advance of this weekend’s Tupelo High School prom, school resource officers distributed alcohol-awareness flyers to seniors as they drove off campus at the end of the day. Capt. Terry Sanford, Cpl. Jon Bramble and Officers Richard Franklin and Neil Naron stood near the exit to campus and greeted the cars as they left the senior parking lot. THS Assistant Principal Art Dobbs also joined them.
“We are trying to make kids aware of the dangers of drinking and driving,” Bramble said. “We want kids to have fun and to enjoy themselves, but we want them to make the right decisions.
“We’re not here to bring everyone to jail, we’re here to make sure everyone is safe.”
School resource officers are certified officers employed by the police department and assigned to the school. Bramble and Franklin are regularly assigned to the high school.
This was the second year the officers had met with the students in advance of prom, which for THS is Saturday night at the Summit.
The flyer discussed the effects of alcohol on the body, the zero tolerance law and statistics about teenage drinking.
Bramble said this weekend’s patrols will be extra observant because of the prom.
“I’d say to kids, don’t do anything you would regret,” Bramble said. “Make choices that get you home safe at night. …Prom and graduation are the two biggest nights we worry about drinking and driving.”