Startling scenes from this simulated accident might keep these young individuals from making some bad decisions on the road.
Every emergency response team in the area cooperated with the Sarcoxie High School to bring a docu-drama to the student body on the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving. Sarcoxie and Carthage fire departments, Sarcoxie police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Carthage EMS, the local funeral home, the Jasper County coroner, M&M Wrecker and Med-Flight made an emergency landing. Five Sarcoxie students agreed to act as victims and a fatality in the mock accident. The student who “died” in the drama was Grace Huff, SHS senior; which made the scene more shocking for the crowd when her mother, Dawn Huff, came running onto the scene screaming “that's my daughter's car!”
“I think this is great,” Dawn said before the docu-drama began, taking a picture of her daughter hanging out of the windshield of a vehicle. “Kids need to know that nobody should be texting and driving.”
Grace shared her mother's opinion.
“I think it's a great idea,” she said. “People need to be aware of what can happen.”
And did it open some eyes?
“Oh my gosh yes,” said SHS senior Mariah Turner Conway. “It's pretty dramatic – I mean, they're coming back today but in reality they wouldn't be. It makes you think … I liked how they used students we know and officers we know. It makes it much more real.”
April Ellis, counselor at SHS, said in her four years at the school she hasn't seen a docu-drama like this. However, she hopes to make it happen every four years from now on.
“Every four years will make a strong impact on every student that comes through here,” she said. “All of our emergency agencies have been great.”