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Ossining Students Ask Author About Drug Use

OSSINING, N.Y. – Seniors from Ossining High School recently got to talk via Skype with the author of "Beautiful Boy" after they read the book that addresses drug use in their English classes.

"The book really shows that it can happen to any family," said Irene Unger, an English teacher at Ossining high school who organized the question-and-answer exchange with author David Sheff and about 50 students in her college-level English classes. "This was an ordinary, everyday family with parents who were loving and educated. Nic was a bright boy who was accepted into Stanford University. David Sheff tried to give everything to his son, yet this happened."

Questions students asked Sheff included whether he regretted telling his son about his own past drug use and whether Sheff's experience with Nic had changed his opinion on teen drug use. Students also asked Sheff to describe the anguish he felt when Nic relapsed and to tell them what his son is doing now.

After the Skype video conferences, Sheff, who lives in California, wrote in an email to Unger that her students are "awesome" and praised their enthusiasm.

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