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'Magical' Cop Tells Kids: Don't Do Drugs

Posted June 27, 2007

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— Drug abuse can start at a very tender age – sometimes as early as elementary school.

That’s why police say it's critical to teach children about the dangers of drugs as soon as possible. One Fayetteville police officer has found a magic formula to spread the message.

After working a 12-hour shift behind a badge and bulletproof vest, Officer Frank Davis’ work day wasn’t over yet.

“I write speeding tickets. I go to cats in trees and house fires,” he said.

So often, Davis sees the tough side of his community. But now, he performs magic shows a few times a month to educate children about the dangers of drugs. His program, the “Magical, Say NO Show,” is provided free for local schools and community organizations

“They’re always engaged. They ask questions,” he said. “They’re not jaded at this age. Most of the time, I perform for kindergarten, first and second grade, and it’s one of their first exposures to a drug awareness program.”

Davis is a patrol officer who works the night shift, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. He was a full-time magician but wanted to do something more with his life. So, he became a police officer.

“I wanted to do something where I help my community. I get to be involved and out there,” he said.

Davis keeps his anti-drug message simple so when the young students leave his show, they’re not bogged down with a bunch of statistics.

He performs at elementary schools and recreation centers. He says his magic show is usually the first drug awareness program his audiences have ever seen.

“I learned that if you take a cigarette, because it’s full of tobacco, you’ll lose 14 minutes of your life,” said Courtney Nunnery, 9. “And never take drugs. You’ll be one of those people.”

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  • Firegal Jun 28, 2007

    tbajr- just posting MY Opinion, sorry it isnt what you wanted to hear, but thats my comment on the story---these cops are under appreciated enough for doing their job, now you want to critisize them for going the extra mile...sorry, but my opinion is better :)

  • tbajr Jun 28, 2007

    Firegal - Again I am voicing my opinion on the subject, sorry
    you don't like it, so why don't you just comment on the subject
    and leave other opinion's alone.

  • Steve Crisp Jun 28, 2007

    It was about three am and I was bored out of my skull. I was listening to the scanners and a truck had gotten hung up, blocking Lake Wheeler Road. So I drove down there to check it out and watch the tow truck do its magic.

    I parked my car in the convenience store lot and sat back about 100 feet or so from two officers that were redirecting traffic on the north side. Over the coarse of perhaps 20 minutes, these two guys were joking around and I could hear every word they were saying. It wasn't like they were talking about inside police stuff. I wandered over to say hello and introduce myself and both of them put on faces of stone and completely clammed up. So after about three minutes, I walked back down to my car and their joking around started up again.

    This happens all the time and is a classic case of the "us versus them" syndrome. If you are not a cop, they really want little to do with you. And it happens all the time across all ranks.

    That's not the way to properly police.

  • Steve Crisp Jun 28, 2007

    To littleredwolfie:

    And I as well wish there were far more officers like the one written about here. I just wish that if they were going to donate their time to helping kids that they would do it properly. Have you bothered to read my other posts on the separation of lessons? And if so, please tell me where you do not agree.

    As to waving at officers...I wave at every officer who I pass whether it be in my car or walking. I rarely get any response. Fire department personnel, on the other hand, never fail to wave back. But let me tell you about something interesting that happened last week. More...

  • littleredwolfie Jun 28, 2007

    Steve Crisp, you are preaching to the wrong pew. I am in criminal justice/law enforcement. I wish there were more people out there like Officer Davis. DARE officers do a lot of good...I remember one occurrence several years ago...a child finally got the courage to approach a DARE officer and reveal that she was being sexually abused in her own home. You stated that police officers drive around looking straight ahead and don't even return a wave. Just curious??? How many have you waved at recently?

  • Firegal Jun 28, 2007

    tbajr- have you seen some of the parents these days? Some kids might as well be raised by the police because a lot of them spend more time with cops than at home. And if we left education up to these wonderful parents, the only thing they would learn is how to get pregnant before 15 and how many crips or bloods it takes to screw in a light bulb! These officers are doing what they can to help todays youth and deserve a huge thank you from ungrateful people like you.

  • BigUNCFan Jun 28, 2007

    Why do people have to be so negative about this guy and stuff in general? There must be some sort of social reason for it and may be a reason we are never satisfied, no matter how much we have as a society.

    I am no liberal at all but geez, here is a guy trying to do some good and can't we just see the good in it and leave it at that.

    I am a big believer that thoughts drive emotions and that if your first thought about anything is negative, you will have a sour outlook on everything and everyone and not be fun to hang around or feel good yourself.

    To me it is selfish to want to be positive because I don't like being miserable. I know there are true times to be depressed or sad or upset but it just seems everyone wants to hammer everything and be in a bad mood and find fault with everyone.

    I guess as a society, we like to see the negative.

    Just an interesting observation. I think I will stick with trying to find the postive.

  • Historians 12th Jun 28, 2007

    I commented before I read all the other posts. It is hard to believe that there are so many negative comments about a man that cares so much about our youth he donates his own time, when he could be moonlighting as a magician and making money.

    You should all be ashamed to criticize this Good Officer. What have any of us done to try and make a differencee in our communities? Not only does this man put his life on the line everyday for our benefit, he then spends his off time still serving our community for free, and this is the thanks he gets.

  • tbajr Jun 28, 2007

    tanner - I was stating my opinion not giving advice - mind your
    own business!

  • winez Jun 28, 2007

    Steve Crisp...don't you have a job??? This was a light-hearted, feel good article about a MAGICIAN who decided to become a police officer and is now doing what he loves ON HIS OWN TIME and putting out a message at the same time. How did it turn into a commentary on the causes of death in the United States?? I'm sure there is an acticle in the Health catagory you can post to.

    Way to go Officer Davis...I'd love my son to be blessed with participating in one of your shows, heck...I'd like to see it!!!!

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