Sometimes it's interesting to live next door to a high school. Last month, with the help of the drama students and city fire/police, two schools in our area put on a Mock Crash demonstration. They've been done for years and depict a night of drinking on Prom night.
I walked across the street as they were setting up and then stayed for the activity.
|The first thing I saw, which gave me the willies. They backed it up into the alley so it would be out of sight.|
|Getting the cars in place, right outside of the main doors.|
|Getting blood make up on. The man and boys were family of the 'dead' girl on the car.|
|Juniors and Seniors came outside to this accident, after watching a moving true story presentation.|
|Mostly somber faces, not counting the fools who thought it was funny.|
|Friends yelling at the drunk kid (in middle) for causing the accident|
|Other friends show up and are in disbelief|
|Fire trucks and ambulance arrive and more yelling at the drunk kid|
|One victim is removed from the car and the boy is given a field sobriety test.|
|He fails the test and is arrested for DUI.|
|The Medical Examiner and hearse arrive|
|The first of two bodies are loaded into the hearse|
|This kid is lucky, he only gets a ride to the hospital|
|These kids get a ride to the morgue|
|The mournful tune of the bagpiper plays as he parts the crowd and heads into the building where a funeral is held. Each student is given a funeral program with the two dead students' name on them.|
Did it help me then, or will this mock crash presentation help students now? I admit it didn't change much for me as a teen. I still drank and drove, up until my 20's probably, even after I was in a horrible accident as a passenger of a drunk driver. I was only 16 and am lucky to have survived. I cringe at my stupidity now.
One person said it will only made an impact for those that wouldn't do it in the first place. I tend to agree with that thinking. When my daughter was in grade school she went to a summer camp and they took a field trip to Juvie Hall. She said it scared the crap out of her. But it only added to her conviction that she would never do anything to get her there in the first place. I don't think the Lemonade Kid, who is now sitting there for arson, would have taken the field trip seriously.
But I think the schools and authorities do the best they can because kids are going to do what they're going to do. But if even a few kids get something out of it, then it's worth it.