Mock Car Crash at Shelton High School (Date Posted 5/8/2019)
On May 7th, Shelton High School students watched as their fellow classmates were removed from damaged vehicles and taken away in ambulances, police vehicles, a helicopter, and a body bag as part of the Last Dance program which is widely used in reducing teen driving fatality.
“Today made me feel sad. I was moved because I realized this could happen to anyone I know.” - Jazlind W., Student Actor
Two wrecked vehicles were set up at the Shelton High School Stadium as if they were in a head-on collision caused by an intoxicated driver. The wreck consisted of preselected students who acted the parts of injured, fatal and intoxicated persons. During the event, police vehicles, ambulances, and fire trucks arrived at the scene assessing the situation and carrying out their duties as if this were a real-life event.
The Shelton Police Department conducted a Field Sobriety Test to the driver of one vehicle, while another student lay dead on the hood of the other vehicle. The intoxicated student was then handcuffed and taken away while the injured were loaded into ambulances. One student was airlifted from the crash site in a helicopter by Airlift Northwest. The injured students were then brought to Mason General Hospital where a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) training was conducted.
At the end of the day, an assembly took place. Cathy Fields, a former Macecom dispatcher, shared her story of distracted driving and the impact it continues to have on her and others. Brandon Heggie, with Central Mason Fire, spoke on how to make better choices and reiterated the potential consequences of one bad decision. The timing of this event was purposeful with prom, graduation, and the summer months right around the corner. Yesterday was a very emotional day for everyone involved and we hope that it is a reminder of how one bad decision can affect many people in traumatic ways.
“I felt nervous because people were everywhere. I’ve had friends that have been in car crashes, so this felt very realistic.”
- Emily A., Student Actor
“I realized there are other people’s lives at risk when you are a distracted driver.” - Dominique M., Student Actor
“Everything can change in two seconds. This was a wakeup call to not being distracted while driving.”
- Jorge Nelson, Fine Arts/Theater Teacher
Shelton School District would like to thank everyone that helped prepare, and put on this event including Shelton High School’s staff and students, Central Mason Fire and EMS, Mason County Fire District 4 & 11, Airlift Northwest, Mason General Hospital, Mason County Coroner's Office, Mason County Emergency Communications, and Shelton School District’s Safety & Security department. We appreciate every hand that played a role in yesterday’s event as well as the community’s support with the common goal of safety in mind.