Dave Belton is a Morgan County school board member worried about teens texting while driving in the aftermath of the death of college student in his district. Texting is suspected in two recent accidents. (Read the AJC story on the accidents, one of which involved a death.)
Here is an op-ed piece that he wrote and that will appear in the AJC on the education page Monday:
By Dave Belton
He was driving down one of the gentle roads that meander through our sleepy pastures here in Morgan County.
Coming home for Christmas after a great freshman year at college, he couldn’t wait to tell his mama how many A’s he’d earned.
An athlete, a scholar — the kind of boy you hope your daughter brings home.
Things were going so well, he recently had called his grandmother and told her, “I’m the luckiest guy alive.”
A quick text to his beautiful girlfriend and …
The walls of the church groaned at the size of the funeral. The brave father told me, “I wish there was some way to spread the word.”