A Call For Help
Area teenagers created a hotline for people to call if they think someone they care about could get in trouble with alcohol or drugs.
In May, 19-year-old Matthew Lail died in an alcohol-related accident in Rutherford County. His death resonated with fellow teens in Haywood County. At Friday nights Pisgah-Tuscola football game, they spelled out the hotline number on the field, 356-2725. Its message to be a pal and call if they think a friend or peer might be in danger.
One teen who helped come up with the number says her peers might be more willing to call it than law enforcement.
"I've had a few friends in trouble that way and I think if we get this hotline out there more kids will be more likely to call it if they know it's confidential," says Pisgah High School Junior Dine Plummer.
Matthew Lail's mother, Carol Womick, thinks the number could save lives.
"It's not a snitch line. It's not calling to get somebody in trouble. It's calling to help somebody," said Lail.
Plummer says teens can also text their concerns to the hotline.
She hopes the number catches on statewide.
By Rex Hodge
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