Prom is set for Saturday night for students at Gautier High School. Drinking and driving is always a fear for parents and teachers around prom season. They are hoping a mock car crash will make students think before they get behind the wheel intoxicated. Gautier students are gearing up for senior prom, but Friday, they learned there's more to prom than primping. The teenagers were taught the dangers of drinking and driving.
Maddison Tynes, a senior at Gautier High School, says, “I think it is going to save some lives. I think it is going to make more kids aware of being sober on prom night.” Drama and drivers ed. students teamed up to create a horrific scene of a deadly car crash with blood, bruises, and dead bodies. Teachers hope allowing students to see fellow friends and classmates in these conditions would make them think twice before drinking and getting behind the wheel. Dennis Thompson, the Driver’s Ed. teacher, says, “In drivers ed. we watch a lot of videos of schools doing this. Our seniors were really excited about this and they wanted to try something like this, so they have done a great job of taking and running with this and doing this mock crash and producing a video with it.” Gautier first responders were also on hand to make the mock crash more realistic.
Tonya Fowler, a Crime Prevention Officer, says, “The students reached out to all of their first responders and we were more than happy to help them if we can just save one life.” Tynes also says, “I hope people will take it serious that drunk driving is a really dangerous thing and they won’t do it tomorrow night.” Each year, thousands of teens die from drinking and driving. Gautier High School is hoping this gruesome reenactment will make their students think twice.
Paris Gray, another senior at Gautier High, says, “Tomorrow, when I go out for prom, I know I won’t be drinking and driving and make sure none of my friends will be drinking and driving because we really don't want to end up like this.”