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By Jay Polk - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) – Shane Phinney goes to Crisp County Middle School.  She's an athlete.  By all accounts she's a good student.  But while out on a date, she makes a big mistake.

"I got taken away for DUI," she said.

The result?  A trip to jail in handcuffs.  A mug shot.  Fingerprinting.  And an appearance before a judge.  There she learns how the law looks at drinking and driving.

"She (the judge) told me that the charges were very serious," Phinney said.

Fortunately, while the handcuffs and judge are real, Shane isn't in trouble.  She's in the Teen Maze. And Thursday, she's not alone.

Dr. Charlotte Hampton of Crisp County high School said, "we have about 300 eighth graders."

Shane and her classmates were at Crisp County High School to learn about choices.  The kind of choices that these students will eventually have to make before they leave school.  And it doesn't just involve alcohol.

"The students are sent on two dates.  And on those dates, they choose to have sex or not to have sex," Dr. Hampton said.

As they entered the gymnasium, the students were given a path that they were to follow.  For Shane it was: "I chose no every time, to not have sex."

While following her path, she learned about the peer pressure involved in staying true to her beliefs.  And Shane was able to graduate, despite her mistake in drinking while driving.

For the most part Shane made good choices in the Teen Maze regarding what to do in her high school years.  But there are consequences for the bad choices and those are shown here fairly vividly as well.  And those students were getting ready to learn about the consequences of their choice.

"They will choose the pregnancy route or the STD route," said Dr. Hampton.

But regardless of what path they were given today, officials hope that the Teen Maze will teach these students to choose the right path when the real life situations confront them later.

Dr. Hampton said, "it is designed to teach them real life consequences without the permanency of those real life consequences."

And they're hoping that these students will all be able to make the right choices in their futures.

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