Parents were upset after a mock crash demonstration for teen drivers was canceled. Rural/Metro had planned to put it on Friday at Halls High School, but a spokesperson for the ambulance service said it was called off because there were worries this sort of event was too traumatic for students to witness.
Patti Bounds, Knox County Schools Board of Education chair, said the principal, supervisor and superintendent made the decision because it was not the best time to host this event. She heard parents complained about the timing because Friday is National Walkout Day and the anniversary of Columbine.
Some parents felt this was actually a good time to put on the mock crash since prom is next week.
“You have that freedom of going to prom and they need to see what can happen if they don’t pay attention to what they are doing,” said mother Carla Henry.
“I think they are good things for the kids to see and know because it is a reality that they all need to be aware of,” said mother Jennifer Armstrong.
These mothers believed these demonstrations are not too traumatic because it can help their child get home safely.
“He needs to be able to understand what can happen if you don’t pay attention what the consequences are that there are real consequences,” said Henry.
Knox County Schools and Halls High School have not yet responded for comment.
Rural/Metro said they’ve noticed a drop in the number of teen car crashes in the Powell Area since they started a program there.