Ellison High School students were met with a disturbing scene in their school parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
The sounds of screaming and sirens brought students out from their classes, where they witnessed the aftermath of a high-speed, two-car accident. The crash was, thankfully, fake; it was staged by the school’s student council to alert Ellison students to the dangers of reckless driving.
“We just want them to see what can happen when you don’t act responsibly behind the wheel of a car,” said Kiara Martinez, an Ellison senior and member of the student council. “We want to promote safe, focused driving so something like this does not happen in real life.”
Tuesday’s “accident” featured two wrecked vehicles, both occupied by seriously injured and deceased “victims.” Those victims were students sporting prosthetic wounds and fake blood, courtesy of Ellison’s theater department.
Selena Revis, an Ellison biology teacher and the sponsor of the school’s Crime Stoppers program, said the event was coordinated and organized primarily by the students on the council.
“They did most of this themselves,” she said. “I think they did a really good job.”
After the “crash,” students watched as members of the Killeen Fire Department and other first responders arrived to cut victims out of the vehicles and haul away the “dead” on stretchers.
The Ellison campus sits on the corner of Elms and Trimmier roads. Both are fairly busy thoroughfares that students like Martinez must navigate each day.
“You do see a lot of pretty reckless driving sometimes,” she said. “There’s a lot of speeding.”
Martinez said she hoped the mock accident makes students think twice before texting or talking while they drive.
“It could be something as small as trying to change the music,” she said. “Your whole life could change in a second.”
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