MASON — The dangers of drinking and driving were presented to a group of Wahama High School upperclassmen who were attending prom this past weekend.
The mock disaster and assembly were sponsored by members of the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, which was started this year by advisor Brittni Kaylor.
The students gathered in front of the school where some of their fellow students were “injured” or “killed” in the mock car wreck. Representatives from the Mason and New Haven fire departments, Mason County EMS, Mason County Sheriff’s Department and Mason Police Department investigated the scene, cared for victims, and eventually “arrested” an intoxicated driver.
An assembly was held in the gymnasium, where Deanna Spaulding was guest speaker. Spaulding is the mother of the late Andrea Bailes, a 14-year-old who was killed by a drunk driver. Also speaking on behalf of the late Andrea was Point Pleasant High School student Alexis Meadows.
Sheriff Greg Powers and Deputy Matt Stewart addressed the students prior to the teens being asked to sign a “prom promise” to refrain from drinking and driving. SADD members later posted the signed promises to the hallway wall where students could see them upon entering and exiting the prom.
“We expressed the importance of utilizing the after-prom party as a great way to stay safe and have a fun time,” Kaylor said. “Parents and volunteers put a lot of time and hard work into it, and there are a lot of giveaways donated by the community.”
Noting that Neville’s Wrecker supplied the wrecked vehicles for the mock accident, Kaylor stated, “The SADD kids did an amazing job on this, and I think the students really did perceive it well. They really listened and watched intently.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.