Sergeant Michael Powell of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spoke to Woodmore Middle School students Sept. 10, presenting a stern and very serious message that drugs and alcohol are very dangerous.
Powell also stressed heavily that if students know someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol they should get them help immediately.
Students shouldn’t be afraid to tell an adult about someone they know who is abusing and needs help. It could potentially save a life.
“You could tell that students enjoyed Powell’s presentation,” said junior high principal, Mr. Kevin Ball. “They were listening intently and were actively involved.”
Janet Wendt, school nurse who helped organize the event, felt the assembly was very beneficial. “I even saw some of the kids who were at the assembly during school return later that evening to attend Powell’s second presentation to parents,” said Wendt.
Powell is a retired undercover investigator who now works as a Public Information Specialist, delivering his message throughout the state of Ohio and other regions of the United States. Before retiring, Powell was assigned to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation’s Unit (SIU). He worked narcotics, vice and stolen property investigations.