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Students hold mock trial on underage drinking
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A partnership between the Upward Bound program, and the River Edge Behavioral Health Center is giving some high school students a chance to learn about the consequences of drinking and driving as a part of a program to help prevent underage drinking.

Students from Southwest and Northeast high schools participated in a mock trial at Middle Georgia State College.

The students are in the Upward Bound program at the college.

This part of the curriculum focuses on preventing underage drinking.

The students acted as attorneys, jury members, and a judge during the trial.

The case involved two teens who were involved in a car accident after drinking illegally.

Braxton Williams, a 10th grader at Southwest High School, explained, "What we were supposed to do was find out whether they were guilty or not guilty for wages, and did they deserve to be paying the doctor's bills."

" We think it's important because a lot of times we found with our data that there's a lot of high risk areas here in Macon and Bibb county of underage drinking," said Etheria McFarland, prevention coordinator at River Edge Behavioral Health Center.

The students say they're looking forward to the next series in their program. It will focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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