HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II visited C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry yesterday to speak with the school’s fifth grade class about current trends impacting young people in the Mountain State.

Senator Capito shared tips for avoiding drug encounters and reporting suspected drug abuse while also discussing the importance of leadership and community engagement. Ihlenfeld spoke with students about substance abuse and addiction, highlighting the power that young people have to control the trajectory of their futures by choosing to be drug free.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with our youth – the future of West Virginia – about the devastating effects of drug abuse. This program is an example of the comprehensive outreach our state is undertaking to address this growing epidemic,” said Senator Capito. “Communities throughout West Virginia need to be prepared to educate our youth about the dangers of drug abuse, while we also work to address our treatment and enforcement needs.”

“Addiction has established a fierce grip in our region,” noted Ihlenfeld. “We are always looking for creative ways to reduce the demand for illegal drugs in our communities. That begins with prevention efforts targeted at young people. It is important to have honest and informed conversation with our children about the science of addiction while highlighting how quickly and powerfully drugs can change their lives. We look forward to future opportunities to engage with local youth.”

Students also had the opportunity to interact with local law enforcement officials. Jefferson County Sherriff Peter Dougherty joined Ihlenfeld and Capito at C.W. Shipley Elementary School to discuss his role as Sheriff with the students.

Individuals interested in scheduling presentations or interactive forums on substance abuse trends or other topics for students and community groups in the Northern District of West Virginia are encouraged to contact the United States Attorney’s Office by calling (304) 234-0100 or emailing tara.tighe@usdoj.gov.

Photos from the event:


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Senator Capito met students during her visit to C. W. Shipley Elementary School on Monday.

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Senator Capito and U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld spoke to fifth grade students about substance abuse and leading by example. 

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C.W. Shipley Elementary fifth graders spoke with Senator Capito and U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld about drug prevention.