Children First: It's All About Choices

By: Charles Daniel
By: Charles Daniel

We all know growing up is hard. Peer pressure can influence everything from the clothes young people wear to the choices they make, good or bad.

Hoping to guide the students in the right direction, evangelist and motivational speaker, William McClelland, told them the story of a troubled man named Perry Toole.

"I don't try to scare the kids, because I don't believe the scare tactics are good for the kids," McClelland said. "What you have to do is, you have to get their attention. Let them know the old Perry Toole went through this for them, and let them know they don't have to go through it."

You see, William McClelland and Perry Toole are the same person, but they are also two very different people.

In his younger days, Toole ran with a bad crowd which landed him in prison. Now, McClelland uses the knowledge of his past to help younger kids avoid the same mistakes.

"I think it went excellent on one behalf, but there was just a lot of giggling and laughing," said McClelland, referring to the students' reactions. "But what they don't understand is that , as long as they are laughing now, they will be laughing in prison."

Tough words, but they come from the heart. McClelland says can influence even a handful of kids and keep them from becoming another Perry Toole, his work will be a success.


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