Dramatic Re-enactment at Lakeland High School Sends Strong Message


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   It is Prom and high school graduation season.

  In dramatic fashion, students learn a potentially life-saving lesson, Don’t Drink and Drive.

  Eyewitness News Photojournalist Joseph Butash shows us this the real-life re-enactment at Chapman Lake.

 Sirens, first responders arriving at the scene set the stage for a very dramatic scene involving young students.   This is the annual Lakeland High School SADD program to encourage students to make smart decision during prom and graduation season- and always.

“With prom and graduation around the corner, obviously some people like to have fun, so they need to realize that if you have a few drinks, all you need is one, and you can make terrible decisions on the road,” Said Cheyenne Dippre, Lakeland High School Senior, SADD

“You can have fun at prom. You can have fun at graduation. But I just want you to make the smart decisions on how you are choosing to have that fun,” Added Amy Shingler, Lakeland High School SADD Advisor.

 Chief Scott Pritchyk of the Scott Township Hose Company explained the scenario to Eyewitness News.

“There are two motor vehicles involved. Multiple victims, they look possibly high school victims, younger victims. We have two confirmed that were actually ejected.”

  Students like High School Junior and SADD member Emily Keen say it helps. 

“I think definitely it helps kids realize, “Oh, I probably shouldn’t do this after prom and graduation”. But I think it still happens a lot”.

“As long as you get it through their heads…don’t drive! Like have someone pick you up (if you have been drinking alcohol” Noted Haley Hunsinger, Lakeland High School Junior SADD Member.

  Frank Rapoch is the Lakeland School Resource officer  he told us, “One of the hardest things we do as police officers would be to notify a family of a tragic event, especially with a young person”   He added “Knowing that you’ve harmed or fatally injured someone, having that on your conscience for the rest of your life can be detrimental for a young person”.

The message here don’t drink and drive!

 Be safe this prom and graduation season!

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