Students hear about life in the school holidays
WITH school holidays looming, Toormina High students were given some timely lessons yesterday to keep them safe.
The crime prevention workshop has been taken to many schools in the district and is specifically targeted at Year 8 pupils.
"We want to make young people aware that there are consequences for their actions," Coffs/Clarence youth liaison officer Senior Constable Sue Kady said.
"There are a lot of laws out there they need to be aware of.
"If they know what the consequences are, hopefully they can make better choices.
"The workshops definitely work. The first level of aggression on the street when we're dealing with young people has gone down.
"They know we have a right to talk to them."
Const. Kady said that because many young people came under notice for vandalism in national parks, a NPWS representative was invited yesterday to outline what activities were allowed in public spaces.
Police officers also talked about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, how to have a safe party, and the pitfalls of shoplifting.