Area students learn from ‘Officer Bill’
Houston County Courier
Programs teaching children and youth about sex and Texas laws, “sex-ting”, accountability, gun safety, stranger danger and other safety issues were presented to several area schools Sept. 20-24. Bill Davis, a retired police sergeant from Beaumont, presented the programs. His program for teenagers, “Sex and the Law”, was about taking responsibility and Texas criminal and civil laws. The presentation was filled with audience-speaker inter-action. People in Texas are held accountable for their actions from the age of 10 until they die. Under Texas law, 10-year-old children can receive a prison sentence up to 40 years, depending on the severity of the crime. Because of this account-ability, Davis very candidly and professionally discussed vari-ous criminal laws dealing with sexual encounters that relate to teenagers and young adults. He discussed the issue of “sex-ting,” the new rave with teenagers across the nation that legally is called “pornography (or child pornography if the photo is of a person 16 years of age or younger),” a serious felony crime. The information that he shared is to help teenagers make good decisions that could affect them for the rest of their life. Dressed in his police uniform, Davis (Officer Bill to the children) discussed several topics with his younger audiences. He began his program with a discussion about who are real heroes in the daily lives of the children and empowers them to be heroes in their own life. Davis’ message about gun safety included a personal story as he showed the children where a careless friend shot him with a .12 gauge shotgun. He talked about bicycle safety, seat belts and traffic signs. Other topics discussed with the children are stranger-danger, getting lost, 911, bullies and drugs. He concluded with a discussion about good touches, bad touches, and what Davis calls the “UH-OH” touch. Davis attempts to present his programs in a positive and tasteful manner, and on a level that the youngest student can comprehend. Davis added an extra 15- minutes to the program for third, fourth and fifth graders, discussing the issue of “accountability” and how they can now go to jail because they are 10 years old or older. Davis began presenting programs in July 1983 while investigating child abuse and sex crimes incidents for the Beaumont Police Department. His investigative career included the investigation of over 7,000 child abuse and/or sex crimes incidents during his 36-year law enforcement career. The educational programs were presented to elementary children through senior high students to students in Crockett ISD, Groveton ISD, Apple Springs ISD, Little Centerville ISD and Lovelady ISD. Davis also presented a 2-2 ½ hour program to parents, school staff and the community-at- large in Lovelady and in Groveton. The program each night was what Davis was presenting to students the next day, as well as issues concerning child abuse and sexual predators. He has presented programs and seminars throughout Texas, nationally, and internationally to over 206,000 people. “Kalin’s Center would like to thank the different school districts and local sponsors for joining in providing this very important information to our young people,” Debbie McCall, executive director of Kalin’s Center, said.