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Kids Work to Prevent Child Abuse

South Burlington, Vermont - January 9, 2009

Production staff and news reporters at the South Burlington Network News are preparing for another show at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. It's one of great importance to middle school students.

"It's easier for kids to learn from kids, and usually when adults teach kids, kids kind of like doze off and don't really pay attention, but when a kid tells a kid, it brings their attention and they're like oh my gosh this is an issue," said Riya Patel, an eighth-grade student at the school.

That issue is preventing sexual abuse.

The South Burlington Network News has partnered with teen lures newscast to teach kids about the dangers of sexual abuse and how to spot a sexual predator -- by hearing from a convicted child molester.

"I mean we've had DARE programs since elementary school, about third-grade, so I've heard of the car way and everything, but I really didn't know there were so many out there and actually just hearing today from the criminal himself it really put an awareness on me," said Meghan Drouin, an eighth-grade student at the school.

The teen lures newscast will be broadcast online through several websites.

"These kids are learning that they can make a difference with media regardless of their age, you'll see sixth, seventh, eighth-grade students, but they will make a difference on a world level," said Jay Hoffman, of Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School.

Top law enforcement officials as well as several state dignitaries were on hand to see today's broadcast. Students hope these stories catch their attention.

"They know it's out there and they know they need to step forward and do something about it now rather than later," said Drouin.

Students shining the spotlight on a crime to prevent their peers from becoming a statistic.

Click here to watch the Teen Lures Newscast online.

Beth Parent - WCAX News

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