NRHS Seniors Taught Impact of Decisions with Staged Car Crash

May 18th, 2017

simcarcrashSADDactorsBefore the risky season of prom and graduation, NRHS seniors were given a clear message to consider the impact of the decisions they make.

On May 18, 2017,  NR FOCUS and the NRHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club, brought in motivational speaker, Bobby Petrocelli who shared his story of personal triumph and hope following a devastating tragedy in his life. One night he went to bed, a happy man with a loving wife, but when he woke up dazed in his dining room, his wife was dead and his life forever changed. The pickup truck that crashed through his bedroom wall was driven by a man who was more than twice legally drunk. His message to students that “You Matter” and that their decisions have power  will hopefully inspire the students who heard him to carefully consider the consequences their decisions can have.

Following the assembly, students gathered outside the school building to witness a staged car crash. The New Rochelle Police Department, Fire Department and rescue workers were involved in dramatizing a fatal car crash involving drunk driving. NRHS SADD students were the actors, and Detective Terrence Fudge narrated the scene. First-responders came to the scene of the two crashed cars with their sirens blasting, removed one of the injured passengers, senior Thomas Barry, in a stretcher and a neck brace and used the “jaws of life” to remove the roof of one of the cars to access the injured.  The student who played the drunk driver, Meghan Conroy, was put through realistic sobriety tests, which resulted in her arrest.

This simulation, along with consistent reinforcement of the importance of healthy choices, was a valuable opportunity to positively impact students in the fight against DWI and other destructive decisions.

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