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Course teaches kids how to interact with cops

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DENISON, Texas -- Thanks to a new Texas law high school students are not just learning things like math and science, but how to interact with our men in blue.

Starting this year, in order for high school students to get a diploma they will need to watch a video which highlights what to do when they are pulled over.

Although this isn't a math test or an essay both schools and officers are saying this course is just as valuable.

Sirens wailing, lights flashing, heart pounding: not a fun situation to be in for any driver.

"It’s shocking. I don't know how to handle it and living it for the first time, it’s weird and scary,” said Dominic Haden, a Denison High School Junior.

For teenage drivers chances are not everyone knows the do's and don’ts of what to do.

"I’ve had friends drive off, and they just weren't educated,” said Haden.

Therefore, the state is taking this knowledge from the streets to the schools, giving freshmen mandatory training on how to interact with cops.

"It’s important to know because the teenagers are young and don't have life experiences yet and its good education for them,” said Lieutenant Mike Eppler with the Denison Police Department.

Just this week the Texas Education Agency released a 16 minute long video to all schools in Texas, demonstrating the proper protocol for traffic stops.

Schools like Denison and Whitesboro ISD are already planning to integrate this video directly into their curriculums.

"I do foresee us doing it at the beginning of the year at our orientation with each grade level," said counselor Carrie Boettger.

A refresher course so to speak that aims to make these situations easier and the kid to cop relationship more comfortable.

"I think this is a really good idea to help educate students and how to act and know that everything is going to be okay,” said Haden.

This course has four parts. Texas schools will have some flexibility in determining which course they want to include.

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