Book of the Week: J. Tom Morgan – Ignorance is No Defense

“There are only four states in the country that treat our teenagers as adults when they’re 17, and Georgia’s one of those four states,” said Morgan, who has spoken to many thousands of teenagers, was on the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and chaired Georgia’s Child Abuse Prevention Panel.

Source:  Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog

J. Tom Morgan, author of the book Ignorance is No Defense, is coming to speak to students at Dunwoody High School to offer valuable information about the laws that govern underage drinking, drug use, driving, and more. In his seminar, he will discuss information about Georgia laws and consequences for violating those laws as they specifically affect teens, their decisions and consequences.

J.Tom Morgan is a nationally recognized expert on the prosecution of crimes against children and served as the District Attorney of DeKalb County for twelve years. His book has sold thousands of copies and has been newly revised to reflect updated laws in Georgia. He has presented many times in Dunwoody schools over the years, and we are happy to have him back again. More information can be found on his website:

On Thursday, November 30, students will attend one of two 50 minute seminars in the DHS gym — at 8:30 am or 10:00 am. DHS Parents are welcome to attend either session!

DHS Parents, if you prefer that your child not attend the session with J. Tom Morgan, please email Mr. Jameson at

PTSO will be selling Mr. Morgan’s book, Ignorance is No Defense: A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law, at both presentations and in the front office after the presentation through December. Books are $10 each and we will accept cash or check made out DHS PTSO. If you cannot attend the seminar, please pick up a copy of this book. It offers invaluable information about helping your teen navigate Georgia law as it applies to them!

Note to all parents of teenagers, no matter what school – I highly recommend this book and then conversations must be had with your teen!  I am a big fan of this presentation as I have posted about it every time time it comes up and am very happy that this information is available to you once again – please take advantage of it. ”  John Heneghan