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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