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“Every 15 minutes someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident.
“Drinking and driving accidents claim more lives than those lost from all other drugs combined.”
Statistics, such as these, echoed throughout the gym of Brunswick County Academy and Brunswick Early College High School on April 3.
The staff and students of BCA/BCEC sat quietly throughout a program designed to show students what can happen if they drink and drive.
During part of the presentation school resource officer Kerri Lanier read made-up student obituaries. These “dead” students were taken out of the gymnasium, only to return later donning a black shirt and white face make-up. They were seated in front of a casket.
Students were then taken outside, where there were two vehicles to represent an automobile accident. They watched as a drunk driver was field tested, and then arrested by the state trooper on scene.
They also watched as a student’s adult cousin was escorted onto the scene to identify the body of her younger cousin. Tears were flowing as she reacted to a blanket being removed from her loved one’s face. Other “injured” students were meticulously picked from the wreckage by firemen and emergency medical personnel and whisked from the scene in ambulances.
Joseph Yalch, coordinator for The Keys to Life program, was grateful to all who participated in this important reenactment.
“We are blessed to have so many caring people in our community,” he said. “Once we put the word out that we were doing a program to help save the lives of our students, people were willing to help in any way possible.”
The program will also be conducted for the other three Brunswick County high schools later this spring.
The program was sponsored by the Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency, although many local agencies pitched in to make this dramatization real for the high school students of BCA/BCEC.
Other agencies and individuals involved in the program were: State Highway Patrol; Randy Thompson, director of Brunswick County Emergency Management; Brian Watts, director of Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services; Brunswick County EMS; Supply Fire Department; Civietown Fire Department; Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office; BCA/BCEC School Resource Officer Kerri Lanier; Coble-Ward-Smith Funeral Home; John Pond and Robert McCulloch; John Russ Wrecker Service; BCA students Bradley Dean, Colin Evans, Marcus Hankins, Rusty Tomlinson, Allison Bell, LaShawn Bland, Devin Medford; Vernessa Hankins; Job Coach for BCA; and Karen Babson; exceptional children’s teacher for BCA.