Braintree: Attorney General Discusses Substance Use at Middle School

A Braintree Middle School got a special visit from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for a lesson on addiction and substance use.

Healey met with health teacher Kara Carney’s seventh-grade class to discuss Project Here, a partnership with General Electric to provide students with educational materials.

“It remains my top priority, but I really think education is the key, I’m really psyched to be here in Braintree today with this great group of students,” said Healey. “This is where it’s at. We’ve got to give these young people the benefit of resources and information so they can make healthy decisions.”

A mobile application is currently in the works for Project Here, but the program provides middle school-aged students a resource where they can get information when they need it. In a world bombarded by social media, Healey feels it’s a good platform to use.

“I think the best way to stop addiction is to stop it before it sets in,” said Healey.

“Kids are exposed to some more challenging decisions such as an introduction to drugs and alcohol and other risky behaviors,” said Principal John Sheehan. “I believe this is the perfect age to introduce this type of decision-making education to our students.”

As part of the lesson on Thursday, students read a scenario describing a situation with substances, and how they should react. As a group, they discussed consequences to each action.

“Kids at this age are vulnerable. We’re here to offer support, and offer I’ll say protection, and to let every child know that we care about them,” said Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan. “We understand that they’re going through some pressure and we want to give them the tools to make good decisions.”

For more information on Project Here, visit Here.World.

Attorney General Maura Healey at Braintree's East Middle School. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Attorney General Maura Healey at Braintree’s East Middle School. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan at East Middle School. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan at East Middle School. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

East Middle School Principal John Sheehan listens to a substance scenario with students. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

East Middle School Principal John Sheehan listens to a substance scenario with students. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com