04:30AM, Saturday 17 May 2014
A former stock-market millionaire and ecstasy kingpin who served time in one of America's toughest prisons has shared his experiences at Furze Platt Senior School.
Shaun Attwood visited pupils as part of the Royal Borough's efforts to increase youth interaction with its drug and alcohol action team.
Raised in Widnes, Shaun moved to Arizona and established himself as a leading stockbroker.
The self-made millionaire began throwing raves and became a major importer of ecstasy before he was arrested and imprisoned at Maricopa County Jail, where he served almost six years.
Since his release and return to England, Shaun has released a series of best-selling books detailing his experiences in jail and tells his story of rehabilitation in schools and communities across the country.
Assistant headteacher Mary Morris said: "What really shocked me was the brutality of the American prison system.
"It sounded so inhumane, the heat, the lack of food and sanitation, and the violence between prisoners.
"It was amazing and really thought provoking, particularly from the kids' perspective.
"He was talking about how impulsive he is and how he didn't stop to think.
"He told them to consider the consequences of their actions and how you think you have it all in your control but when you are mixed up in drugs, you're not in control."
Shaun visited the school in Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, on Wednesday, May 7.
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