SOSO, MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Students at West Jones High School got a life-saving lesson about drinking and driving Tuesday.
They watched from the stands at Mustang football stadium as county firefighters and law enforcement officers hosted a simulated drunk driving accident. It included rescue operations, the arrest of a drunk driver and grieving parents and friends.
The actors portraying accident victims were fellow West Jones High School students.
Organizers hoped students would get the message that drunk driving can destroy lives.
"We don't want to do this in real life. We'd rather do it like this, to show you what happens, because we've all seen it," said Lee Garick, Chief of the Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department. "If we can prevent it from happening to one child, it was worth all the weeks and months of planning and preparation."
"It was very intense. That was something serious, and it can happen to anybody," said Lexey Butler, a junior at West Jones High School who watched the event.
"It was heart-touching, you know, because it really put things into perspective for me, because stuff like that happens every day," said Jalen Pruitt, another student.
About 100 volunteers and law officers participated in the simulation.
West Jones High School's prom is Saturday night.