The mock vehicle accident this newspaper ran on the front of the April 19 edition is something we don't want to see become a real life scenario.
It showed Savanna Boals, a Southern Local student, in the role of an accident victim. Her "lifeless" body was sprawled halfway out the front windshield of the vehicle with fake blood on the hood.
The picture used may have been graphic, but the intent is to make sure it gets young people to think about their choices.
The choice as part of this mock accident was to get into a car with an impaired driver - another teen, her prom date in this scenario, who chose to drink and drive.
The sad part is it happens way too frequently. Teens drink. Teens drive. Teens die.
We don't want that to happen. No one does.
Not during prom and graduation season. Not ever.
We don't want to see these timeless memories squashed as the result of bad decisions. Drinking and driving, or stepping into a vehicle with a someone who has been drinking, can changes lives.
These mock accidents are used to teach a lesson. We salute the organizers and the participants in these accidents. It's important to get that message out, especially to those teens who sometimes feel invincible.
Here's to an enjoyable prom and graduation season. And most importantly, a safe one.