Students at Powell High School got a very realistic lesson in the dangers of distracted and impaired driving Wednesday.
First responders and student actors all portrayed an accident scene while other students looked on.
What appeared to be a tragic scene unfolded.
“We were going down the interstate and we didn’t see the person coming. The other girl was texting and driving,” said Blake Wolfenbarger, one of the student actors.
The accident was no accident. It was all staged. These students involved were just actors trying to teach their classmates a valuable lesson.
“Kids don’t need to text and drive. To show the importance of why this happened, this is why we did the scene,” Wolfenbarger explained.
First responders took part to make it as realistic as possible.
“We really want to drive home the fact that it’s dangerous, and kids, when they get behind the wheel, they need to worry about driving and that’s all,” said Jeff Bagwell with Rural Metro Fire Department.
Mock crashes are a pretty regular occurrence at schools all throughout the area, but Powell High School is no stranger to real tragedy.
“We started doing this one here several years ago after a tragic wreck on Emory Road that ended the life of four Powell High School seniors,” Bagwell said.
Events like Wednesday’s seem to be resonating with the teens though.
“Since then we don’t believe we’ve had any deaths as a result of students at Powell High School and that’s something we like to talk about,” Bagwell said.
It is a record the students hope they can keep up with visual and emotional reminders like these for their peers.
“Students, don’t text and drive,” Wolfenbarger said.
The timing of the mock crash was especially important for school administrators because powell high school’s prom is this Friday and graduation is coming up as well.