By Shayla Scallorn
The scene is set, fragments of glass coat the pavement, streams of synthetic blood trickle down the battered vehicle, and the “victims” remain frozen in their pre-manipulated positions.
An eerie silence sweeps over the parking lot right as the senior students begin filing out of the building, crowding around the semicircle of roadblocks. As if turned on by a switch, figures begin moving in the car, and a voice on a radio describes the situation and calls for aid.
A startling shriek echoes from inside as the passenger frantically shakes the unconscious driver, repeating his name, pleading for him to wake up. Her attention shifts to the driver of the car opposite them “What did you do!?” Holding his head and stumbling, the driver looks between the two vehicles, then to his date whose body has been cast through the windshield and now lays lifeless on the hood. “What have I done…?”
Sirens wail and emergency personnel come barreling down the street. EMT’s and firefighters jump into action. One by one the victims are carefully removed and loaded onto the ambulances.
The tenth annual mock accident assembly was held April 14 for Red Lion seniors.
“In all the years we’ve been doing this if we make even one student think before they make a decision, I think that’s worth it,” assistant principal Grant Gouker said. “I really worry about these things that could create tragedy in a time that is so great for everyone.”
The purpose of the assembly is to make an impact and to make students really stop and think about what consequences could come out of poor choices.
“I hope it shows people that this type of thing is not some sort of joke that you brush off lightly,” senior actor Duncan Keller said. “It can result in the death of one of your friends or someone close to you, so I really hope people take this seriously.”
The mock accident happens every year the week before prom so the seniors had an idea of what to expect going into it, but didn’t fully comprehend the effect it would have on them.
“The assembly was actually a lot more than I expected,” senior Hayley Althoff said. “The way they portrayed an accident really made me think twice about how I spent my night after prom.”
“It can happen to anybody, it can happen at any time and none of us are invincible,” Gouker said. “It just takes a second. That’s all it takes.”
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By Taylor Bosley
The seniors viewed the 9th annual “Mock Crash” led by the Red Cross Club April 24. Student actors Mike Ondek, Kenny Holloway, Lucas Crumling, Tyler Robbins, Courtney Hake, Brianna Dean, Meghan Rutzebeck and Evelyn Kunce of the mock crash demonstrated the dangers of drinking and driving
“Every person, every part, is huge,” Vice Principal Mr. Grant Gouker said. He believes that every part of the Mock Crash, from the students to the emergency services to the famous helicopter appearance, is crucial to the whole picture the Mock Crash is trying to paint.
The list of everyone involved includes Mrs. Jennifer McCandless, advisor of the Red Cross Club, Red Lion fire company and ambulance services, Dallastown fire company, Yoe fire company, York Regional EMS, York Area Police Department, STAT Medevac, York Trauma and Arundel Fire Co.
Along with the emergency services, Baker Son and Towing donates the cars to be used in the Mock Crash.
Mr. Gouker noted that this is of no cost to the district and it includes all donations and volunteers.
The number of pieces that goes into the making of the Mock Crash all do it out of kindness.
“The goal is to make it as real as possible,” Mr. Gouker said.
Senior Meghan Rutzebeck, one of the actors involved in the display, views the mock crash as beneficial to the senior class.
“I think it’s really necessary that we show we them this scenario,” Rutzebeck said.
To begin the show, seniors could hear the 911 dispatch call over the loudspeaker. Soon after, sirens were heard in the distance and the fire truck and ambulance entered the parking lot.
The students watched as the EMT workers rushed to get the students out the cars. Many watched in awe as their friends were pulled from the cars, bloodied by make up. Mr. Gouker’s goal was to make the entire scene as real as possible. The makeup, helicopter and EMT workers were all used to reach the goal.
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