Are you a parent of juvenile between the ages of 13 and 18? Is your son or daughter getting mixed up in the wrong crowd and making poor choices? Whether it’s ditching school, drinking and doing drugs, vandalism, or staying out late, as a parent you know if your child doesn’t learn from their mistakes, the world sure is going to teach them.
You can be the best parent in the world, but you can’t control everything your child says or does. You can’t be there 100% of the time, guiding your son or daughter to make the right decisions, especially when their “friends” are pushing them to drink, take drugs, or commit common juvenile crimes, such as driving under the influence (DUI), assault, smoking marijuana, underage gang violence, and theft.
Before you give up on your son or daughter and hope they will one day come around and make better life choices, you may want to consider Shock Education – a program created specifically for juveniles to show them the “shocking” side of engaging in irresponsible, criminal behavior.
What Does Shocking Education Teach?
This program isn’t for the faint at heart; it exposes youth to the dramatic, unnerving results of poor choices and engaging in various criminal activity. What do these classes discuss? Youth hear from experts from community agencies about various issues, such as:
- Family issues
- Alcohol and drugs
- Sexual development
Parents often ask if these classes are for boys and girls. According to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County), “Classes are gender specific.” Like sexual education (Sex Ed) taught in schools, the courts have ensured that the sexual development classes are appropriate for the students.
Shock is a Seven-Week Program
The Shock Education Program lasts for seven weeks. The classes are held once a week for two hours, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Shock Education is held at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa, and guided tours are conducted at Tampa General Hospital.
How Youth Are Referred to the Shock Education Program
If you’re having trouble with your teen and they are between the ages of 13 and 18, YOU (or a guardian) can refer him or her to Shock Education, even if they have not been arrested.
Fortunately, the Shock Education Program is free of charge. The courts believe that parental support in Shock Education is a sufficient contribution in itself. Aside from getting a referral from a parent or a guardian, a youth can be referred to the Shock Program by any of the following:
- The youth’s school
- The Juvenile Court
- The Department of Juvenile Justice
- The Juvenile Assessment Center
- The Department of Children & Families
- Other juvenile diversion programs
If your teenager is enrolled in the program, he or she must attend all seven weekly sessions, unless your son or daughter is told to attend one specific class only. If your child misses a class for any reason, they must provide written documentation explaining their absence.
As a parent or guardian, you are strongly encouraged by the court to attend the first and last classes with your son or daughter. You are also required to pick up your child immediately after the class ends.
Parents Involved in Early Intervention
If you have observed that your child is hanging out with the wrong crowd, or if they are getting into drinking and drugs, skipping school, and other criminal behaviors, it’s important that you get involved sooner than later, and the Shock Program may be exactly what your child needs.
When parents get involved early on, it can make all the difference in their child’s future. For many Hillsborough County parents, the Shock Education Program is the “wakeup call” their teenagers need to STOP engaging in criminal behaviors.
If your teen committed a juvenile crime, our Tampa criminal defense attorneys can provide a hard-hitting defense and more information on the Shock Program – call today for a free consultation!