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Updated: 11/09/2013 08:00:04AM

Scared straight: A&E show one to watch

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A unique experience for a handful of Charlotte County's troubled teens is now airing on national TV. A&E filmed an episode of "Beyond Scared Straight" at the Charlotte County Jail in May, and the episode began running Thursday. A group of mischievous young teens in the CCSO's Fresh Start program got to see what life is like behind bars while cameras rolled.

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Austin, 17 at time of filming, was one of the area's troubled teens highlighted on the Charlotte County episode of A&E's "Beyond Scared Straight." The episode is now airing, and can be seen again at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Charlene Hayman, Mark Holt and Bill Wilkens stand by, ready to serve the hundreds of people who attended the Empty Bowls event.

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Mary Morau-Zieman writes down her bid on a silent auction item.

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Charlotte County Public Schools spokesman Mike Riley holds up the Empty Bowls T-shirt that he purchased at the event.

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Sisters Collyn, 17; Logan, 15; and Lara Shelatz, 12, show off the bowls they chose.

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Volunteering as a family at Empty Bowls for the first time are Tricia Carroll, her son Tre, 10, and her mom Patti.

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Volunteer Mary Jo Holleran waits for Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent Doug Whittaker to choose a soup as volunteers Tre Carroll, 10; and Isabella Ramos, 8, look on.

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Some of the many volunteers from New Day Christian Church and Liberty Elementary School took a moment to pose for a photo. Front row: Trey Hazeltine, 10; Seth Dobbs, 9; Gregory Torales, 6; Jonathan Parker, 10; and Brenna Pennacchi, 10. Back row: Tristan Heu, 10; Emma Barber, 10; Emmalee Lowe, 10; Nicholette Moss, 11; Erica Brockett, 15; Annabel Ramirez, 10; and Olivia Torales, 9.

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Perusing the silent auction table are, from back, Lindsey Cometa, Jane Pomeroy and Sara Ogg.

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Leanna McLure of Arcadia, and Karen Close of Port Charlotte attended Empty Bowls for the first time and thought it was wonderful.

By ADAM KREGER

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The newest airing of A&E’s “Beyond Scared Straight” features Charlotte County. Parents and their children are encouraged to watch it.

A handful of troubled teens are highlighted in the show. The television outlet’s camera crews in May followed local juveniles — who were part of the Charlotte County Sheriff Office’s Fresh Start program — as they experienced many aspects of life at the Charlotte County Jail. That included being confronted by real inmates.

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