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Local teens encouraged to stay away from alcohol

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  In the wake of prom, and just before graduation, officials are hoping to send a strong message to Hinds County teens.

"The message is clear. Young people can have fun without alcohol and the way that happens is it starts with young people and it starts with the adults in their lives. We hope that they share the message and they do more than share it, they set the example," said Velesha Williams, director of the Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of Hinds County or MUDPC.

The organization held an underage drinking prevention rally in Smith Park in downtown Jackson Tuesday morning.

Dozens of Hinds County high schoolers watched performers and listened to speakers. One teen was even handcuffed as part of a demonstration about what can happen if you're caught on the wrong side of the law.

Ultimately, teens said the rally made an impact.

"It gives us the opportunity to just think about the dangers and harms it can cause us," said Mark Jameson, a senior at Raymond High School. "Because we have so far to go. We're only 17, 16, 15, and we have our whole life ahead of us."

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