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An highschooler in the guise of an undercover police officer

An highschooler in the guise of an undercover police officer

Minors consuming alcohol is one of the biggest problems in the United States, and even living in Utah can be really dangerous for many kids.

In fact, even if Utah has one of the lowest underage drinking rates in the whole United States, with around 13% of the kids drinking regularly before turning 21, out of 1.000.000 minors, more than 130.000 consume alcohol.

This is a major issue, because not only it compromises the health conditions of the kids, but it also means that many shops, grocery stores and supermarkets sell alcohol to people without checking if they are able to consume it legally.

To avoid and restrict this problem, in the last couple years, first the Tooele Police Department and from this year the Grantsville Police Department, are trying to find ways to catch people who sell alcohol to minors.

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One of these tricks is to “hire” minors, who have to go from grocery store to grocery store with only one duty: buy alcohol.

One of these teenagers is Hannah Olsen, she’s a senior at GHS, and after hearing about this at a Criminal Justice lesson at CLC, and after speaking with Chad Valdez, a former Utah Highway Patrolman, she managed to take part of the program for the Grantsville Police Department.

Having such an important duty can be stressful and very scary for a high school student, but Hannah said, “It’s really fun to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s scary and something different, however, wanting to pursue a career in law enforcement and criminal justice is right up my alley”.

Hannah also said, “I know it’s for a better purpose to hopefully decrease alcohol intake of minors.”

In fact not only this project can be very helpful for Hanna’s future career, but also can be a very important step forward to end the consumption of alcohol between minors.

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A new school year has came, either you are brand new to a high school or you might be returning for another year, or if your this specific student then you might have traveled the world to be able to come to America to try high school in the American view.  Massimo Ciashetti is a foreign exchange student that is from Italy. He has come to Grantsville High School all the way to Utah to try highschool in the American way and see how things are different here than it is in Italy.  He decided that he wanted to try something new and come to school here in America. When he and his family went on a family vacation to America they went to Los Angeles and visited the Grand Canyon.  After they got back Massimo was interested in coming to school here in America to try something different and he thought that it would be an amazing experience.  Him and his family found an agency that is for foreign exchange students and they got all of his information and put him on the website for any family in America to choose him to come live with them and go to school in America.  A Family in Grantsville Utah chose him to come live with them and go to school in Grantsville. I asked him, “Why did you choose to come here? There is seriously nothing here. He said, “ I was put on a website for foreign exchange students and a family here picked me and that's why I came here” He can’t choose where he gets to go. He got picked by a family and then he traveled all the way from Rome, Italy to New York to Chicago then to Salt Lake to meet his new family in America. He still has been trying to get used to everything.
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    er brasilianoJan 29, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    Un articolo che mi tocca molto da vicino:è sempre bello vedere come sempre più giovani, come me, siano contro il consumo di alcol da minorenni, continuate così ragazzi! No alcol, sì party
    (Daje roma)

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      Massimo CiaschettiJan 29, 2024 at 12:26 pm

      It’s great to hear from you Er Brasiliano, we are glad you liked the story!