some suggestions to save this kid's a$$
Well, lots of good advice and opinions from all those who replied! But here are perhaps the 2 best suggestions:
Take him to your local hospital to speak to ER/Trauma doctors and staff. Most ERs keep photo journals of serious traumas and injuries for training/instructional purposes. If you take the time to stop by the hospital and meet some of the staff ahead of time to explain your situation most ER staff will be glad to set some time aside to talk with this kid. You might even be able to arrange for him to spend some time in the ER and see actual traumas.
The other option is to take him to your local police station. Same as the hospital, most police departments keep photos of serious accidents. Stop by ahead of time and explain the situation. Schedule some time with a police officer who can talk to this kid and maybe show him some photos.
I have a few doctors and police officers in my family, and I can tell you that giving the "scared straight" speech to young guys is a regular part of their jobs. In fact, many hospitals and police departments have designated staff who specialize in giving speeches and presentations to kids who need it! And you'd be surprised how quickly a kid snaps back into reality when he sees pictures of accidents and hears first-hand stories from adults who's job it is to clean up the mess when kids make stupid mistakes!!!
Whichever you choose to do (or maybe both) it will take a little bit of leg-work from you to set everything up. But the impression I get from reading your thread is that you care about this kid and really do want to help him, so I'm sure you won't mind setting things up for him. You should bring the kid's father too, sounds like he needs it!!!
ps - it's good to see that you're taking the time to help this kid before something bad happens!!!
Last edited by slaintedan; 06-25-2001 at 03:03 PM.