SAINT JOHNS, Fla.-- Local leaders are trying to stop underage drinking in St. Johns County.
The push to raise awareness started after a crash in 2009 that took the lives of two youths. Jessy Pitts, 18, and 17-year-old Taylor Brennan died in a fiery drunken-driving crash. They were at a party thrown by Dian Santarelli. She provided the underage teens with alcohol.
Joseph Joyner, schools superintendent, said enough is enough. Officials started educating parents and students with events like the one Thursday night. It's called the pact prevention coalition.
Anne Borngesser is hoping for advice. She has three kids in middle and high school. "There's a lot of activity temptation. I want to understand what's going on and how to be proactive and make good decisions," said Borngesser.
It wasn't just parents sitting in the audience. Kids were paying close attention. A local student was even on the panel and said kids come to school drunk. The superintendent says last year the district dealt with 100 cases of kids using drugs or alcohol in their schools.
Leaders are just hoping all this isn't for nothing and kids realize scenes like this deadly drunken-driving crash are real. "No matter what, I'll always love them. Even good kids make bad decisions," said Borngesser.
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