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Knowing the dead makes a difference. But I agree that neither one is a great idea. I'll say one thing for the Washington, D.C. government: They never made me or even invited me to watch one of those videos.It's too traumatic to show horrific car crashes with severed limbs everywhere to teenagers to teach them about drunk driving but it's perfectly acceptable to trick them into thinking their friends are dead. Yeah that make a hellavu lotta sense.
In all honesty, who needs trauma to learn such a basic lesson? Just tell the kids that drunks are reckless and reckless driving is deadly. Instinct for self-preservation should take over from there.
I love your analogy. It fits so well here.I agree with Flapwell...this is a classic case of using a hand grenade to kill an ant.
If they had done this to us, I would've stormed the Princpal's office (if it was their idea) and told them off very harshly. If not their idea, however, it would be the school board. Luckily we only had videos of stuff, and we also had lectures from a few people before Senior Ball this year, people who had worked semi-recently (read: last year) on a similar case (no drinking involved).
I too know the feeling of losing friends/acquaintances in a car crash, as two people who I knew (not very well) died last year in a very tragic crash on a local road. They were driving very fast, but the feelings stay the same. Luckily, the one of the trio who I knew the most survived. He was thrown from the car (funny that wearing his seatbelt might have saved him, I believe they said) which had split in two when it hit a tree or something, and they weren't sure he'd make it through for a while, but he's better, albeit with some loss of arm function in his left one.
I know how bad it feels to lose friends, and with the people in our school, they should NEVER do this. The fact that the school thought it was all right is appalling.
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A different method I've heard of is to have all the people involved in a car accident scene to talk to students about their stories and perspective on it and let the students ask questions. These are people like the victims, police, paramedics, family members etc. That type of thing seems like it would work best to get the message across about the gravity of such events. None of this staged acting stuff.
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