How could ambulances, fire trucks, and a lifeline helicopter at Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) be a positive thing? The extraordinary experience of "Operation Safe Prom" taught all juniors and seniors at MVHS about the consequences of impaired driving, whether that be from drinking, phone distractions, radio or other distractions. Students saw the aftermath of their peers who had been -in a mock setting- driving impaired/drunk and were in a fatal car crash. One peer was life-lined, a couple walked away, one went in an ambulance, and one passed away at the scene in this mock setting.
After seeing the students disappear in the ambulances, lifeline helicopter and police car, the student body walked past the hertz and casket where their peer was presumed to be in. Students filled the MVHS auditorium to watch a powerful video and listen to Mr. Higgins, who lost his son due to another's choice to drive while impaired from drinking. One could hear a needle drop in the auditorium after the video; Mr. Higgins had all students' attention to his very important message. Mr. Higgins shared how his son was just like all of the students until one person made a wrong choice which ended his son's life. He concluded his presentation with the box of his son's ashes in his arms while he reiterated how important it is to not drive drunk or impaired.
MVHS provides this presentation every other year, so all juniors and seniors are able to experience "Operation Safe Prom" once. Prom is Saturday, April 23 so the timing of the presentation coincides with the options of students' choices at prom.
MVHS Senior Ashley Fritz states, "Watching the experience really hit home. Seeing my friends taken away by ambulance was hard, even though it was fake. It really made it stick how important it is to make good choices."
MVHS is proud to bring this presentation to the students to reiterate that all choices have consequences, which is why it's important to make the right choice.