SADD tale

5/5/2013

Teens should acknowledge dangers of bad decisions.

Teens should acknowledge dangers of bad decisions.

It's no wonder students in Holcomb were moved by a recent presentation on the perils of poor decision-making.

Keith Becker of Nebraska has been traveling the Midwest sharing the story of his brother, Todd, a high school athlete who was killed in a drunk driving accident at the age of 18.

While Todd was described as an all-American kid who had everything going for him, Becker told how his younger brother's bad decisions led up to the tragic accident.

"I finally had to quit blaming my brother's death on everybody else and had to face the cold reality that my brother made choices," Becker said. "One choice at a time, my brother walked right into his grave."

Becker encouraged the students to stay on the "narrow road of life," and avoid the "wide road of destruction."

Holcomb students learned that in Todd Becker's case, a night of drinking with friends a couple of months before graduation led to the crash that claimed his life.

It should have been a sobering message for teens, who may believe they're invincible, but too often find themselves in dangerous situations because of bad decisions.

Such thought-provoking, real-life stories can go a long way in helping students battle peer pressure and other situations that lead to poor decisions during their high school years.

Keith Becker, who's on a mission to encourage teens to consider the possible dangers, was brought in by Holcomb High School's chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

Representatives of SADD were impressed by the reaction of students who seemed to take Becker's message to heart. Some of the comments suggested students were indeed listening and moved by the tragic tale.

Meanwhile, let's hope the presentation truly hits home in that it also encourages more dialogue between the teens and their parents.

Sadly, parents often assume alcohol or drug abuse, or other dangerous behavior, won't trip up their child.

Too many have found out otherwise. Through better communication — be it at home or in schools — communities stand a better chance of driving home the kind of messages that could save young lives.

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