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Sullivan County middle schoolers survey results called 'scary'

Staff Report • Jan 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report in the Bristol Herald-Courier almost a third of Sullivan County’s middle-school students say they may have gotten into a car with a drunk driver.According to the survey, 32.2 percent of boys and 27.2 percent of girls in the county school system’s classes were driven at some point by someone who was drinking. Meredith Charles, director of the school system’s coordinated school health department, told the Herald-Courier she asked about 95 percent of middle-school students 46 questions designed to identify risky behavior. She reported the results during Monday's County School Board meeting. Other survey finding include:

- 28.9 percent of boys and 25.3 percent of girls said they have had at least one drink of alcohol and of those who said “yes” to this question, 40.2 percent had their first drink before their 11th birthday.

- 17.6 percent of students said they have seriously thought about killing themselves.

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