DASHER -- Georgia Christian School students in grades six through 12 experienced the "Baby Blues" Wednesday morning.

Performed by Atlanta's Academy Theatre, "Baby Blues" is a play developed to create a higher level of awareness about teen pregnancy. It follows four young people -- two girls and two boys -- who are all forced to confront sexuality and pregnancy. Each scene involving the characters is followed by a fantasy that explores the major conflicts each character experiences.

"The play really had a good message," said Tyler Boggs, 17, senior. "It was especially a good time for the younger students out here to hear this message."

Kristin Creekmore, 17, senior, agreed.

"It was a really good idea for them to share this message with all of us," she said.

Both students said they hope their fellow students listened to what the actors were teaching them and ultimately decide to practice what was preached.

School counselor Joanne Desmartin said she was contacted by Carol Berry from Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia regarding the Academy Theatre's visit to area schools May 7-9.

"It was really an entertaining production for the kids," she said. "The actors really captivated the students and kept them listening to the message."

In addition to teen pregnancy, the Academy Theatre addressed other issues like safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. The actors' main message was that the only safe sex for teens is abstinence.



To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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