'Hidden in Plain Sight' reveals signs of drug abuse, illegal activity in teens' bedrooms

"Hidden in Plain Sight" depicts a typical teen bedroom with clues indicating possible trouble.

Parents exploring a typical teen bedroom staged at Bay High School will find that, hidden in the usual mess, are clues that signal trouble. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display in the school's auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Doors open for browsing at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit is open to adults only.There is no charge for admittance, and adult residents of all surrounding communities are welcome.

The unique traveling exhibit was created by the Bath and Copley Township police departments. The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. Visitors will learn, though, that amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity.

The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more. Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished.

The exhibit and presentation continue the collaboration of the Bay Village Schools and the Bay Village Police Department in educating the community’s parents and adults in order to prevent risky behaviors by young people. Last year, the collaboration presented retired DEA agent Bob Stutman, who addressed the urgent need to prevent drug abuse by children who begin down the wrong path by abusing prescription drugs. 

For further information, contact Kevin Jakub, Assistant Principal at Bay Middle School at 440-617-7600, or email at Kevin.Jakub@bayschoolsohio.org.

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.16.2014