THAYER -- Thayer High School Chapter of Students Against Drunk Drivers in conjunction with the 21st Center Community Learning Center welcomed Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer for a program at the high school Aug. 31.
Messmer, a former Marine, bounty hunter, mercenary and convict travels the country speaking to groups and students telling his story and trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.
He spoke to the Thayer seventh through 12th grade students about the difficulties brought about by a life of crime and how choices teen-agers make affect not only themselves but also family and friends.
Messmer recently moved to the Mid-South from California.
He has appeared on the Leeza Gibbons Show and is a regular on the Maury Povich Show working with at risk students taking them to boot camp.
"Unfortunately I have made some bad choices in my life and as a result I was on the FBI's Most Wanted List and spent almost 11 years in maximum security prisons in several states. I am here today to share with you some of the hard learned lessons so you don't have to learn the hard way," he told the students. Messmer said he holds two college degrees. A television movie of his life is currently in the works. He said he hopes the students will learn and grow from his program.