On Tuesday, April 4th, a mock accident was staged for NHHS and NHMS. The mock accident takes place once every 3 years, right around prom season. The intention of the mock accident is to show students the consequences of drinking and driving.
Senior Noah Addison, who was one of the firefighters that participated, commented, “I have always believed that this mock has had a great meaning. Even if it only affected one person, it was a success.”
Junior Mackenzie Bauer stated, “I felt that it was really real, that this could happen at any moment. Not just with drinking and driving, but with also texting and not wearing your seatbelt. I think every school should do this just so students can see how serious this is.”
“It was a really good life lesson that everyone needed to see,” quoted freshman Johnna Bloch, “because things can happen to you even though you don’t do anything wrong.”
Sophomore Miranda Durbin also commented, “The mock accident was almost too real for me. At first I was aware of the situation, but once I got ahold of what was actually happening, it was like the breath was knocked out of me. It was so real, and it makes you wonder about what could happen and what has happened to people before. It brought me to tears. I’m terrified of car accidents. It was completely and absolutely heart-wrenching for me.”
Senior Kate Weiser, who was one of the four students involved in the enactment stated, “I am now one of the very few people that can say I have been in a body bag and put into a hearse and have come back out. It is one experience that I will never forget. It was hard not to let my emotions overcome the act. I kept telling myself that I was just on a Six Flags ride.”
Weiser continued: “I am very blessed to have the first responders in my community. My classmates who helped out really surprised me.”
The mock accident was clearly very emotional for certain students. Thank you to the first responders for helping make this happen.