2017-03-12 / News

New Lothrop schools to host human trafficking presentation

NEW LOTHROP – New Lothrop Area Public Schools will host a program on human trafficking on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Parents, guardians and community members are encouraged to attend the meeting, where Genesee County Human Trafficking Task Force and Michigan State Police officers will share an overview of the topic and preview a follow-up presentation with students on Wednesday, March 29 during the school day.

Human trafficking specifically targets young people and does not discriminate based upon race, economic standards, religion or any other demographics. Local task forces on human trafficking are comprised of law enforcement, including local police, Michigan State Police, FBI, the legal community, community support organizations, educators and volunteers. The task forces exist to increase awareness of this safety issue.

On Wednesday, March 29, Genesee County Task Force member Christina Tipton and her team will present to students in grades seven through 12 to educate them on this safety concern.

Assemblies will be scheduled by grade levels and separated by gender. There will be assemblies for seventh and eighth grade girls, ninth and 10th grade girls, 11th and 12th grade girls, seventh and eighth grade boys, ninth and 10th grade boys, and 11th and 12th grade boys.

The objectives of the assemblies are to define human trafficking; identify how teens are targeted, including warning signs; and provide strategies for students to get help and to stay safe.

The presentation may include a video to depict how teens are targeted, groomed and exposed to human trafficking.

Parental permission is required in order for the students to participate. Permission slips have been sent home and need to be returned to the school.

For more information, contact the high school counseling office at (810) 638- 5054.

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