-- Police, firefighters and paramedics swarmed the scene: a head-on wreck on Canal Road claimed the lives of two high school students and severely injured others.
The prom night-turned-nightmare scenario played out in front of Gulf Shores High School senior and juniors Wednesday morning as part of an , highlighting the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Prom should be one of the best nights of a high school kid s life, said Marcus Early, the drivers education teacher at Gulf Shores High who helped coordinate the event. With Operation Scared Safe what we try to show is that we can take a great night that we want to celebrate and it becomes a tragic night because of destructive decisions we make. So the idea of this is to try to ingrain in the kid's brain what can happen if they decide to drink and drive and try to have an impact on the kids.
Early said while the program only lasted 30 minutes it took months of planning and coordinating with fire and police personnel in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach along with Medstar EMS, Pine Rest Funeral Home, Baptist LifeFlight, Frances Holk-Jones State Farm and other sponsors and participants.
Students as well as a few parents acted out the deadly scene.
Gulf Shores Fire Chief Hartley Brokenshaw said the live re-enactments really bring home the consequences of distracted driving, which goes beyond just drinking and drugs and includes texting as well.
Sometimes we take so much for granted and don t realize that people don t see this side of it, Brokenshaw said of first-responders. I think it affects the kids a lot more than we think it does.
Last month alone the deadly consequences of drunk driving reared its devastating head in Gulf Shores when.
Statistics show that Alabama ranks second in the nation in the number of teens killed in motor vehicle accidents each year and car wrecks are the leading cause of teen deaths, with one out of three being alcohol related.
Gulf Shores High students will be heading to their own prom Saturday night at the Orange Beach Event Center.
Senior Parker Mason was among the students who acted out the tragic scene in the school parking lot. Mason along with classmate Austin Smith were the actors who lost their lives and had to be taken away in hearses.
Mason said it was his hope that his classmates got the message of making the right choices. Just to be able to have enough fun but not make some kind of life-changing event that would hurt somebody else, he said.
Wearing a blood-stained white prom dress, Gulf Shores High senior Maddy McAlister screamed and cried her way through the re-enactment.
With all my friends doing it with me it was so real, just imagining all that happening, McAlister said afterward with a hoarse voice. I just hope the kids did realize that this stuff happens every day and it s just not fake.
We have prom coming up so I hope everyone makes a good decision.
In deeply personal responses, dozens of former inmates, family members of current inmates and volunteers with prison ministries have given detailed accounts of how their experiences with the facility continue to affect their lives.
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