Law enforcement officials are dedicating their efforts this year to making sure that kids know the law.
In Manatee County schools, most seventh graders and some ninth graders will learn to understand their legal rights and the consequences for teens of violating laws.
“It’s similar lessons to the DARE classes, but that was over a period of time and this is more of a crash course,” said Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The Know the Law classes will be taught by Student Resource Officers and members of the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition during civics and health opportunities sessions.
“It’s going to focus on how it will affect them and their future if they do drugs or commit other crimes,” Bristow said. “Because a lot of them don’t think of the consequences to their futures.”
The classes will focus on drug or violence related offenses, or house parties with alcohol. It will also inform students about when they can be charged as an adult, rape laws, and the consequences of having a criminal record.