It was clear to Maria Batistoni what the agenda of the first meeting of the newly-formed Students Against Driving Drunk at North Hardin High School needed to be in the fall of 1988.
“They needed to heal, they were raw,” she said of the students.
More than 200 students had joined the club, formed months after the bus crash near Carrollton that killed 27 people, including 24 children. Some were students at North.
“What do the kids need?” Batistoni said she asked herself. “What do I need? We need a hug.”