Bryan County High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) teamed up with the Pembroke Police and Fire Departments, along with Bryan County Emergency management officials for a mock car crash last Friday.
"Prom and graduation season is a time of great celebration for high school students. Sadly, alcohol is sometimes part of that celebration," said Pembroke Police Chief Bill Collins. "We want the kids to realize that the decision to drink may have horrible consequences. This car crash is not real but the fact that drunk driving kills is very real."
Over 400 students watched as the scene was set for the bloody crash. According to Susan Crowe of the Pembroke Police Department the simulated crash’s narrative was, four teenage girls who had spent the day tanning, drinking and partying at the beach were on their way home when their mini van hits a car with two teenage siblings and killed the passenger of the car. The driver of the mini van is also killed. The other passengers in both vehicles were all injured.
After a 911 call, local emergency officials swung into action and the students watched as police, ambulance and fire personnel rushed to save the victims. Officials from the Coroner's Office also covered and then bagged the two fatalities.
According to BCHS Principal Harold Roach over 200 students were scheduled to attend last week’s Prom at Savannah Station.
Friday afternoon, the Pembroke Police Department also conducted a safety check as school was released. Vehicles leaving the student parking lot were checked for seat belt compliance, drivers’ licenses, sobriety and other safety items.
The SADD students who participated in the Mock Car Crash were Ashley Crowe, Kristin Cahoun, Tosha Dopp, Tianna Thompson, Dylan Kohler and Roshunda Washington. The BCHS Chapter of SADD has over 25 active members.