Oak Hill students get first hand look at jail during DARE tour

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

Fifth grade students at Oak Hill Academy had the chance to tour the Clay County Detention Center on Thursday as part of the local Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.
West Point Police Department juvenile and D.A.R.E. officer Zate McGee said it was the first time in several years that a D.A.R.E. class had toured the jail.
“We used to do a junior police officer training class, and they toured the jail, but this is the first time D.A.R.E. class has been through there in a while,” McGee said. “In the class, we talk a lot about choices, and the consequences of choices. I’ve found that it’s better if a child can actually see those consequences, instead of just being told.”
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott and correctional officer Frank Randle lead the students through various parts of the jail — minus the maximum security area — and explained the process of the facility and answered questions.
“One of the most important things you can lose in life is your freedom,” Scott said. “Once you get in here and that door slams shut, you’re living under our rules.”
Read more of this story in Friday's Daily Times Leader.