School Presentation on Drugs and Prison
What students will learn:
- The realities of drugs and prison versus their glamorisation
- The consequences of choosing drugs and a high-risk lifestyle
- The harsh realities of being a prisoner
- The future implications of the choices they make now
Illegal drugs have never been more readily available to young people. With drug and crime lifestyles glamorised by movies, music videos and celebrity addicts, traditional methods of discouraging drug use are failing.
Having being seduced by such a lifestyle himself, Shaun Attwood is able to connect with even the hardest to reach students. His journey from a pupil in a state school to stock-market millionaire, from rave organiser/ecstasy dealer to one of America’s toughest jails demonstrates the real consequences of a high-risk lifestyle.
Born in Widnes, Cheshire, Shaun was the first from his family to go to university. Still in his twenties, Shaun fulfilled his childhood dream of moving to America and making a fortune in the stock market. But his drug-fuelled partying lifestyle eventually caught up with him. Handcuffed and hauled away by a SWAT team, Shaun was forced for the first time to face the harsh consequences of his choices. During almost six years of incarceration, Shaun took time to reflect on his actions and their corrosive effect not just on his life, but also on those closest to him.
Rebuilding his life in the UK, Shaun decided to share his extraordinary story with young people to give them an insight into the harsh realities of being a prisoner. His one-hour talk provides a real eye-opener to the consequences of getting involved in drugs and crime. Shaun’s matter-of-fact style pulls no punches when describing jail food served with dead rats in it, the techniques he used to sleep with cockroaches crawling on him, and prison rape and violence. These conditions will motivate your students to think twice about where their actions might take them.
PowerPoint images are used throughout the presentation showing the shocking jail environment that drugs can lead to. Student volunteer readers assisting the presentation have the option to wear actual jail outfits flown over from America. Time is allowed at the end for questions and answers.
Shaun works for The McLellan Practice of Harley Street, London, who offer the highest quality speakers that specialise in presentations to schools on issues affecting young people. The audience sizes range from hundreds in year groups to dozens in a classroom. Shaun pitches the talk depending upon the age group, generally ranging from 12 to 18. He can vary the length of the talk to suit your school timetable. Shaun has an enhanced CRB.
You can view Shaun’s full video presentation here.