We are in the middle of prom season, and graduations are right around the corner. It’s the time when a lot of young people are on the roads.
So it’s also a good time to make sure they’re thinking clearly, behind the wheel. Many high schools put on mock car crashes to demonstrate the consequences of not being responsible behind the wheel. But this year, Glenville-Emmons High School took their mock crash to a whole new level.
“It was scary I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Sophomore Katie Hanson has never been in a car accident before, but today, she says it feels like she experienced it first hand.
“Especially when they were like getting all of us up and with the neck braces and I just felt like Sam wasn’t there, it was hard,” she explains.
Katie and three other students participated in a mock car crash. The scenario is a twist on the one you might expect.
One car was driven by a teen who was texting and driving and in order to avoid a head on collision, the driver of the other car swerved and the vehicle rolled over. Sam wasn’t wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the car.
“I just imagined someone close to me dying like Sam, and it was really hard, imaging that actually happening,” says Hanson.
Local law enforcement, EMS, fire departments even Mayo One appeared to the mock scene. And right away, they started doing exactly what they’d do if this scene was real.
“Over the years there has been a represented number of students who have been killed in a car crash from the Glenville-Emmons High School I wanted to kind of connect with the past with the future, yes this is a real thing, this can happen,” says Freeborn County Sheriff Bob Kindler.
Students watched in horror as if this accident was real. Some even had to be excused because they were too distraught to sit through it.
Sheriff Kindler says demonstrations like this send a powerful message.
“They need to learn the perils of using those types of equipment when there driving how that can affect them when they’re operation a motor vehicle,” says Kindler.
“I think it sends the message to not text and drive or drink and drive and be more responsible and to take these kind of things more seriously, even at school,” adds Hanson.