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- Education Professionals
This programme features three teenagers talking frankly about the problems they have had with crime, drugs and truancy. Their stories are illustrated with reconstructions.
John used to mug children for their mobile phones. He has been inside a secure unit and a Young Offenders' Institution. Now he has re-thought his life and attends a special centre which helps people like him to stay out of trouble.
Laura was a junkie at the age of 14. She started with one tab of ecstasy and quickly got hooked. When her addiction was at its worst, she needed to take five tabs at a time to feel the effects. One day she realised that she had to get help and told her mum. Together, they beat her habit. She says she doesn't want anyone to go through what she went through.
The first time Nathan truanted from school it was because he hated maths. He got away with it and soon truanted regularly. When he realised that "the geeks" would be the ones with jobs, he soon found a way to catch up on his education.
Part of the series: School Matters