The Batesville Community School Corporation, Oldenburg Academy, and St. Louis School are joining together to help raise awareness about the devastating effects of heroin. Did you know the monthly use of heroin in our area is significantly above the state average in grades 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12? Statistics tell us that the average age of first time use is 14. Besides the fact that the possession of heroin is a Class D felony, it is destroying the lives of many young people.

We are implementing a two prong approach in bringing awareness to the community. Together, with your help, we can make a difference.

1) For our Junior High & High School Students:
Read the story of Brandi Allen, who was recently featured in Seventeen magazine (click here to read). Brandi lost her two best friends to heroin overdoses within two days. She will share her story, answer questions and be available to interact with the students. You can also read an article featured on page 16 of Country Roads Magazine about an overdose of one of our own Batesville children here titled, “The Sharp Knife of a Short Life”.

2) For our Parents and Community Members:

Together we can save the lives of our young people!


Rick Fledderman, Mayor
City of Batesville
Jim Roberts, Superintendent
Batesville Community School Corporation
Sr. Therese Gillman, President
Oldenburg Academy
Chad Moeller, Principal
St. Louis School
Stan Holt, Chief of Police
Batesville Police Department
Tim Putnam, Chief Executive Officer
Margaret Mary Health


Please also read & share the following resources:


If you have additional questions or would like to get involved, please contact
Dr. Jim Roberts via e-mail at or by telephone at 812-934-2194