A unique traveling exhibit that educates parents about potential dangers in their child's bedroom made a stop in District 11 this week.
On Thursday night, the Educational Service Center in Anoka hosted the "Top Secret Project." It gives parents the opportunity to walk through a full-size mock-up of a typical teen's bedroom to try to spot dozens of everyday items that could point to drug and alcohol use, self-harm, eating disorders, bullying and criminal or gang activity.
While the parents were doing that, the kids heard from other youth who've struggled with substance use.
"We hope that it opens up some doors for communication between the parents and students and they can kind of talk about the things they learned and it will open up the conversation within their family because it's really important to be able to talk to your teen about drug use," says Tracee Anderson from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.
Thursday night's event also included a resource fair featuring representatives from local law enforcement and community agencies.
The Top Secret Project was developed by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The exhibit will make a stop at St. Francis High School on February 22.