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GRB hosts mock DWI crash scene

Prom: beautiful gowns, colorful corsages and dancing the night away. The goal at G. Ray Bodley High School is for students to attend the May 12 event and return home safely, but as students in grades 11 and 12 witnessed during the mock driving while intoxicated crash scene Tuesday morning, poor choices could lead to serious consequences.
The two-car crash setting, which took place in the GRB parking lot between the rear of the school and the tennis courts, unfolded when a passenger got out of the vehicle and called 911. Explanations of the proper protocols were given as police, fire, emergency medical services and other related personnel, including a medivac pilot and passenger, arrived on scene.
“You said you were fine!” one of the student actors said, as she walked around the area in her gown.
While a police officer conducted field sobriety tests with the mock driver, Nicholas Wallace, emergency workers smashed glass, used the Jaws of Life and checked for injuries on passengers of both vehicles. A white sheet rested over a mock deceased passenger, Keegan Wallace, who ultimately was placed onto a stretcher and taken away in a hearse.
“What you saw this morning could have been real,” said Robert Lighthall, coordinator of the Oswego County STOP-DWI program, which organized the mock event. “The whole community is affected by that. Please, have a plan.”
The junior and senior class then moved inside to the school’s auditorium where part two of the event played out: the next of kin was notified and Nicholas had faced a judge during an arraignment, where he had to answer to a couple of felony and misdemeanor charges. Ultimately, he was ‘sentenced’ to five years in prison and all 11th- and 12th-graders attended a mock funeral for Keegan.
Lighthall also offered a small victim impact panel where Wendy Peters and Shelly Potter shared how they personally have been affected by driving while intoxicated tragedies, as their loved ones died. Some students were so moved by the morning’s events, they shook hands and hugged Peters and Potter after the event concluded.
Prevention and smart choices are key, Lighthall said, so GRB students and their friends don’t become a part of the statistic where an average of 28 people each day are killed by a drunk driver.





Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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