Message hits home

“Being busted by the drug squad probably saved my life. I can’t change my past – but I knew I could change my future.”

The hard-hitting testimony of former stock market millionaire, Shaun Attwood, provided an inspirational lecture for Sociology, Citizenship, Film and Media students at Barton Peveril.

WEB-Second-year-Sociology-student-Morgan-Mitchell-_left_-and-Barton-Peveril-Media-lecturer_Chris-Horton_-with-Shaun-Attwood-_centreAttwood – who thought his glitzy lifestyle in the States above the law – shone a spotlight on the realities of imprisonment in one of America’s harshest jails when he shared his life story and answered questions during a visit to the college.

Banned from America for life, Shaun now speaks to student audiences across the UK and Europe about the consequences of drugs and crime. He has written three books about his experiences and featured in a number of films and documentaries.

Many students tweeted their reactions after the lecture, commenting on how hard-hitting and inspirational it was.

“You don’t really believe things until you hear them like that!” wrote one.  Another summed up the experience and key message by tweeting:  “Media was so good today, we had a lecture with @shaunattwood and it blew my mind. Don’t do drugs.”