Peer Court Coordinator Karen Green and Deputy District Attorney Todd Kuhnen made presentations to parents of 7 th and 8th grade students on the dangers of alcohol and drug use, focusing on the increasing incidences of prescription drug and marijuana use by 12 to 14 year olds as indicated in the recent Healthy Kids Survey.
Coordinator Green did in class presentations to middle school students in the Western Placer, Rocklin and Loomis school districts focusing on the most common juvenile crimes-theft, drugs, and truancy-and how making good decisions is so critical now for their future college admission and employment.
Sexting, Facebook, My Space and other social networking, parties and drug experimentation were all touched on as students had the opportunity to gain accurate information about today's juvenile laws and ask questions.
"This is such vital information for our children to receive and to understand how quickly they can find themselves in the juvenile justice system," Green
Adult participants were able to receive a Youth Court 101 training from the National Association of Youth Courts presented by Judge J. Richard Couzens the NAYC President, and Karen Green, the Immediate Past President of NAYC and Coordinator of the Placer County Peer Court program.