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Pastner talks to students about dangers of drugs and alcohol

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For the 961 students at Highland Oaks Middle, a Tuesday morning visit from Memphis Tigers basketball head coach Josh Pastner was a reason to celebrate.

"It's an honor to meet the head coach of the Memphis Tigers," eighth grade student Timothy Hayes said.

During his speech at the school, Pastner used his own life as proof to students that they don't have to use drugs and alcohol.

"I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life,"he said. "I've never had a cigarette. I've never had a drug."

Pastner's visit was part of Red Ribbon Week, where activities at the school encourage students to make healthy choices.

"Our goal is to really inspire and to continue to motivate our students to live drug free lives and also understand that university and the college level is in their reach," Principal Monica Bates said.

"Beside the part if you are underage it's against the law if you drink and drive, you can kill yourself or kill someone else," Pastner told the students. "But besides all that, I just don't believe alcohol is good for you and that's why I've never had a sip."

It was a message that resonated.

"He inspired me that you should be respectful at all times and don't let anyone else get you down," Hayes said.

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