Advisory - December 6, 2001
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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|December 6, 2001
Holland, Director of Communications
ADVISORY / PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
the wake of violence in schools throughout the state, including
the stabbing death of a Springfield counselor by a student and an
alarming Columbine-like plot by students at New Bedford High School,
the Think Ahead Program of the Woburn District Court Probation Department
and the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association urged teens to shun
violence during “All Sports Night” at Burlington High School on
Thursday, December 6, 2001.
District Court Probation Officer Dennis Visconti focused specifically
on brain damage suffered by victims as well as driving safety during
this double–header presentation.
hundred student athletes and ten coaches turned out for this event
where they heard from young people who suffer permanent brain injuries.
As part of the Violence: Choices and Consequences Program, a survivor
of a violent assault talked about how his life changed, including
the impact on his social life and family’s finances. Choices and
Consequences, an initiative of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association,
is a program designed for youths and young adults focusing on the
relationship between violence and brain injury.
Ahead is a school-based classroom/assembly program of the Massachusetts
Brain Injury Association. The one-hour presentation features a talk
by a brain injury survivor, film, and addresses the issues of drunk/drugged
driving and speeding and safety. Visconti has been offering Think
Ahead to area middle and high school students for the past three
also runs the Brains at Risk Program to educate the public about
brain injuries, which disable 28,000 Massachusetts residents each
year. The majority of brain injury survivors are between the ages
of 15 and 24, according to Visconti.