By Dixon Hayes
ALEXANDRIA, ALA. (WBRC) - With their prom scheduled for Saturday night, Alexandria High School students received a graphically realistic lesson on how not to spend that night: they were treated to a staged scene of a double fatal accident.
Two students played the teenagers who were killed as a result of drinking and driving. They lay motionless next to a wrecked Chevrolet, brought to the school campus especially for the demonstration. Empty beer cans lay around the car, one in the hand of one of the supposedly dead teens. Actual Calhoun County deputies and actual coroner Pat Brown came on the scene, marked it off with yellow tape and carried the "bodies" away on stretchers.
Students came outside, behind the school, to watch the whole thing unfold.
"Drinking, alcohol and speed don't mix," one of the deputies could be heard saying.
The two teenagers then returned, wearing zombie (or ghost) makeup, to join a group of other similiarly made up students who were carrying tombstones around their necks. All of the tombstones had the March 26 date on them, the night of Alexandria's prom.
Corey Hollingsworth, of the school's S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drunk Driving) chapter, organized the event and used the public address system on a deputy's patrol cruiser to address the students.
"We here at Alexandria High School don't have to have drugs and alcohol to have fun," he told his fellow students. "Think about what you've seen here. Don't let this be one of our Alexandria students in this situation."
Hollingsworth says he brought this idea to the school's principal and school resource officer, who in turned asked others to help. He says no one ever said no, and he hoped students took away some valuable lessons on what could happen to them.
After the demonstration, student Kadyn Carroll told Fox 6 it left a mark on her. She says a few fellow students died during the school year, so it's not lost on her or her peers that they're not guaranteed a tomorrow.
"It's just been a rough year, and I hope a lot of people had a big wake-up call, especially seeing it today," she said.