U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has spoken to students in more than two dozen schools in recent weeks.
Jennifer Smith/MetroNews
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has spoken to students in more than two dozen schools in recent weeks.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Booth Goodwin has been traveling the state talking with kids about the dangers of bullying, prescription drug abuse and internet safety.

On Thursday, he was in McDowell County speaking at River View High School and, on Friday, in Kanawha County at Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Herbert Hoover High School.

So far the U.S. Attorney has given presentations at 25 schools in the southern half of the state. He said he wants to reach out to kids before crime reaches out to them.

“I think a prosecutor’s job is every bit as much about prevention as it is prosecution,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin said, in this day and age, if the students themselves aren’t involved in bullying, drugs or problems on the internet, chances are they know someone who is. It could be family, friends or classmates and it’s starting at an earlier age.

“Unfortunately these are key issues that we’re seeing in our middle schools. [These kids] need to know the dangers of those issues.”

Goodwin said kids are old enough to understand and grasp the concept that bad choices now can lead to worse choices later.

“Our presentation is about making good decisions and that’s really the common thread that runs through all of this,” stressed Goodwin.

He believes if his talk helps just one student stay away from dangerous activity, it’s been well worth it.

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Comments

  • BAC

    This guy is continually campaigning for office. One can see why the Gazette gives him non-stop publicity--he's running for governor as a Democrat. But why does Metro News also play him up? The Goodwins have run this state too long, we don't need another one!

  • kobe Bryant

    This is a typical wv politician.This guy is a joke,trying to walk in his family's footsteps,just like the Tomblins,and Manchins,these kind of people at the top,is why WV is on the bottom,and will always be.

  • PB and J

    I wish he would put forth the same effort in prosecuting criminal cases in S/WV as he does speaking at schools.

    When I say criminal, I mean "non white color" type.

    He hasn't had 25 criminal cases in the last 5 years.

  • blugldmn

    Campaigning on the taxpayers dime no less....

  • blugldmn

    The biggest threat facing students or any young people for that matter is the insurmountable debt that is being placed upon them by Mr. Goodwin's political cronies and party!