Red Ribbon Week


Thompson delivers powerful Red Ribbon speech

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Marble Falls native Donald Wayne Thompson shared his tumultuous story of drug addiction and recovery with Burnet High School students at the close of Red Ribbon Week on Friday, Nov. 1, sharing the results of his bad choices and encouraging students to refrain from trying drugs, as he did when he was high school sophomore.





By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet High School students learned the heartbreaking truths of drug addiction at a special presentation by Marble Falls native Donald Wayne Thompson, who recently gained the strength to overcome a controlling drug addiction, but not before a lifetime of heartache and unhappy twists and turns.

“In early high school I made a decision that would tear my life apart for the next 20-plus years,” Thompson said. “Every dream, hope, aspiration I had that I wanted to be, the things I loved in my life, it tore them away from me when I started my addiction. Family friends, all of it I threw away.”

Raised by a single father, Thompson grew up on small town values and drugs were never a part of his life. He was an A-B student and was involved in football and track, and had aspirations to make it to the professional rodeo scene.

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