Some River View High School students were moved to tears and action during an anti-drug and anti-gang event at the school Friday.
Teen Challenge's Jesse Campos works with troubled youth in the Tri-City area and gives them the necessary hope to maintain a drug-free and gang-free life, said Principal Bryan Long.
Campos brought along four speakers who have escaped that lifestyle to deliver the message: "Been there, done that" and "You are special and you deserve a drug-free life."
Several students waited to speak with the presenters in hopes of getting more information, Long said.
"The impact was strong enough that they stayed to eat lunch with the students and share more of their personal story," he said.
Long said some students were moved to tears and sought out Teen Challenge services outside of school.
"It's always a positive when we have an opportunity to share that drugs are not a way of life," he said.
Long said the Teen Challenge presentation was the result of the school district's collaboration with the Benton County Sheriff's Office to prevent gang and drug activity.