Teens learn risks of drunken driving
Students at David G. Farragut High School at Naval Air Station Rota, Spain, got a dramatic lesson in the dangers of driving while intoxicated on Wednesday and Thursday with a series of events around the base.
Students watched as emergency personnel from the base responded to a staged accident Wednesday in which two of their peers were “killed.”
Thursday, the school bell tolled every 15 minutes as a student was pulled from the classroom to represent the frequency of people killed by drunk or drugged drivers in the States.
The “dead” students were dressed in black, had their faces painted white and returned to their classrooms with large signs describing how they had died.
Michelle Sanders, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service counselor at the school, said students planned the event, borrowing material from a popular program used in the States and elsewhere in Europe.
Students also heard from the base’s commander, Capt. Josh Garrison, and community members whose lives had been touched by intoxicated drivers.