HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students at Hattiesburg High School received a vivid lesson in the consequences of drunk driving on Wednesday. Hattiesburg High’s Law and Public Safety class showed kids what could happen if you drink and get behind the wheel.
“Both parties were leaving prom. One decided to drink and drive and they both had a high speed, about 55 mph, head-on collision,” said HHS teacher Brianne Kelly.
Tragedy came to life for Hattiesburg High School juniors and seniors during a re-enactment that showed the reality of drinking and driving.
“When I got blasted out of the car, my face scraped across the ground,” student actor Antwon Keyes said of the re-enactment.
Unconscious, unresponsive and critically injured. With the help of area first responders, students re-created a lasting impact for their classmates.
“It sounded and felt like it was really going on. It gives awareness that you should not be drinking and driving or be doing any type of drugs while you are driving,” Keyes said.
“It felt very realistic,” student actor Jevon Hales said.
Drivers and passengers were staged just inches away from shattered glass, the jaws of life and the truth behind bad decisions.
“I was playing an EMT. I was a responding paramedic," Shayla Robinson said. "It really felt like it was a real car accident and a real response because there was so much commotion going on around you.”
“The firefighters had to peel the roof off the car. I got extricated out of the car,” Hales said.
Then Rescue 7 landed to transport one of the victims.
“And I got to fly in a helicopter. Do not drink and drive. It’s not worth it,” Hales said.
As body bags were zipped over the actors, it was a reminder to teens how life can change in an instant.
“The purpose is to have students pledge to not drink and drive not only during prom, but any other time," Kelly said. "That was basically to hit home here at our school because most of these kids have never seen an accident like this.”
Wednesday’s event was made possible by local sponsors, including area first responders.