Watertown Schools Showing Film on Dangers of “Partying Culture”

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The public is invited to a free showing of a film about the dangers of drinking and other substances. 

The Watertown Public Schools in collaboration with the Clay Soper Memorial Fund is hosting a screening of the 30 minute documentary If They Had Known.

School Committee member Amy Donohue organized the screening of the film.

“I have wanted to bring this to Watertown for some time,” Donohue said. “It is a powerful documentary about the challenges of the current party culture our students face — mixing alcohol with prescription medication.”

The documentary tells the story of the untimely death of Clay Soper, a promising young college student, who was a tragic victim of college party culture. The event will feature a panel discussion following the documentary.

See the movie trailer here.

The moving screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The panelists for the event are:

Dr. Laura Kehoe, Medical Director Mass. General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic and Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School

Pete Airasian, Co-founder of Watertown Overcoming Addiction

Watertown Police Lt. Dan Unsworth, Division Commander, Community and Staff Development

The showing of If They Had Known is being funded by the Watertown Education Foundation and the Watertown Community Foundation. Dononhue’s Bar & Grill donated funds for the technical support, and the Mosesian Center for the Arts donated the space for the evening.

All members of the Watertown community are invited to attend. The target audience are Watertown students ages 12 and over.

The movie will be shown on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, in the Arsenal on the Charles (321 Arsenal St., Watertown).

The event is free, but please register by going here


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