PLEASANTVILLE — Gangs, drug abuse and violence are frequent problems in Pleasantville, where teachers got help from two former NFL players Monday in a program they hope will help their students choose a better path.

“We’re definitely dealing with those issues,” Pleasantville Middle School Student Assistance Counselor Mary Gillespie said.

Students at the school were told the cold, hard truth of consequences that can arise from being part of a gang, committing acts of violence, taking drugs or bullying other students.

The message from the Steered Straight program was loud and clear Monday: stay the course, avoid trouble and accept the consequences of your actions. The nonprofit program visits schools in New Jersey to talk to students about life choices.

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Dineen, Caitlin