PLAINFIELD, NJ - Hubbard Middle School hosted an assembly Promoting Resistance in Drug Education (PRIDE), a program designed for middle school students to educate them on the dangers of using drugs.

PRIDE featured inmates from the NJ Department of Corrections talking to the students about their experiences and the choices they made that led to their imprisonment. 

Among the speakers were David, who started using drugs at an early age, went on to sell drugs, get into guns, violence, and a prison term. Jessica, a former Third Grade teacher, who became addicted to opioids in college and continued using narcotics even while teaching, that led to her firing and homelessness.  She lost everything, but her habit, so she said she robbed and stole until she was arrested and went to prison. Aaron, who started on a destructive path at a young age, continued until one night of drinking led to the death of a friend, a police chase and prison.

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All speakers have served most of their sentence and are near probation. Their message to the students was that their choices are their own and nobody makes them do anything.

"Every decision you make is yours, not your families, not your friends, but yours, and they affect your life!"

Evan, an Eighth Grader, said the assembly had an impact on him and his friends because the stories were real and let them know that what they do now can affect them.

The assembly was coordinated by Hubbard’s Ms. Nabiliah Muhammad-Ismail, SBYS Site Coordinator for School Based Youth Services.

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