Wells says, "You Matter"By Michael Butler
Sgt. James Wells has spent 11 years in law enforcement. Recently, the investigator has started a new program for community youth titled, "You Matter."
"I've seen youth suicides, youth addicted to drugs, kids on alcohol, kids getting bullied at school," Wells said. "I intend to speak to the church youth groups and schools. I have a program that's for ninth graders entering their freshman year and a session for seniors leaving school."
Wells has come up with an acronym called the "B.A.D." movement. "It's youth against bullying, alcohol and drugs," he said.
|Wells during an interview at WTLS|
The availability of alcohol is a serious issue according to Wells. "I call alcohol a drug because it is addicting and it will hurt you. The problem with alcohol is it's everywhere; the service station, shopping centers... everywhere. There's one low-life that will buy the alcohol for the kids. Every place has one of these people. I'm sure Tallassee has one too."
Last week, Wells spoke to a group of middle school students at the Wall Street Community Center that he called "attentive and well-behaved."
"Communication - that's the key. In this day and age of how busy everything is, family communication is shot," Wells said. "Talking to the kids, I explain that. I also have a parent session."
Wells is having a website developed that will be available soon at: www.youmatteryouth.com. To schedule Wells as a speaker, call him 334-868-8133.