Robertson County Students Produce PSA On Alcohol Dangers Being Aired On KBTX

Students of different ages and schools come together to spread a message, warning others about the dangers of drinking alcohol.

Robertson County teen's wrote and produced a public service announcement being featured right here on KBTX.

It's a video that's been in the works for several weeks now and stars students from Hearne and Franklin and is meant to make a point in a very powerful way.

It's a movie with a message and it's coming to a TV screen near you.

Students from Hearne and Franklin hope the theme hits home; teen drinking is dangerous.

"I don't think anybody would feel right in a body bag," said Cheyenne Ely, an 8th grader at Franklin Middle School.

Cheyenne Ely stars in the public service announcement.

In the commercial she dies after attending a party, when she passes out and no one helps.

A local funeral home even let them borrow a brand new body bag to make the message realistic.

"I've never went to a party or anything but now you know if I ever do because peer pressure is one of the main things that happens in a lot of schools everywhere. And if I ever go to one I know what to do," said Ely.

"It could get you killed if you're not careful with it," said Eugene Scott, a sophomore at Hearne High School.

Scott says the message he wants parents and teens to know is teens can call for help and not face prosecution when someone has had too much to drink and need's medical help.

"Basically the Lifeline Law is a law that protects minors who call 911 if they ever have possession or consumption of alcohol to keep them safe from being charged with it," explained Scott.

"I don't drink period," said Taryn Quinn, another sophomore at Hearne High School.

"It was fun to make and it was important that we did it so we could get like the alcohol poisoning, the message across 'cause it's really important," said Erendida Fernandez, a Hearne senior.

Hearne Junior Kenan Martinez found out about the plan for a PSA from the school's Zero Tolerance Club.

"Well first off we all start off having a good time and then one of 'em starts to dose off and pass out and we think nothing of it and we find out they're dead," Martinez said.

"It can really hurt people the decisions you make. It opens my eyes and it should open other people's eyes and just the dangers of it," said Madison Mize, a Franklin Middle School 8th grader.

Danger and tragedy these teens hope to prevent in the Brazos Valley and beyond.

And you can see both versions of the PSA during various commercial breaks now on KBTX.

They hope to make more in the future.

The program was made possible thanks to The Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse as well as the Robertson County Community Coalition.

Robertson County Judge Jan Roe is Chairperson of the Robertson County Community Coalition.

She said in a statement, "The ideas and the goals of the coalition have been completely embraced, especially by our young people. I'd like to give particular recognition to Hearne High School's Zero Tolerance Club and Franklin ISD... We need to take heed and pay attention to the message that is being delivered to us..."

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