Shaun Attwood, author of Hard Time, visited Kingsbury High School on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 to talk to students about his jail experience and the consequences he faced from getting involved in drugs and crime.
Shaun arrived in Phoenix, Arizona a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire.
But he also led a double life. An early fan of the UK rave scene, Shaun headed an organisation that threw raves and distributed Ecstasy in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy the Bull Gravano. On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked his door down.
Facing a life sentence, Shaun entered a lengthy legal battle. After two years of being held unsentenced, Shaun was convicted of money laundering and drug offences. He was sentenced to 9½ years, and served almost 6.
Shaun was released in December 2007 and continues to campaign against the poor prison conditions he suffered.
After speaking at the school, Shaun said “It’s always a great pleasure to speak at Kingsbury High School. The students bombarded me with endless questions, some stayed behind afterwards to chat and say how the talk had impacted them and many are commenting on my Twitter feed favourites.”
Some tweets from students included:
“On behalf of KHS I thank you for coming to our school today and telling us about your story. Made me think about what I really want to do with my life and who I want to be with. Thank you”
“Your presentation at my school was incredible. You are a very inspirational man & you have opened my eyes so much today Thank you!”
“Thank you for visiting our school today that was a really emotional and moving story!”