Mock DUI event brings harsh reality to Van Buren High School students

By | May 17, 2018 12:59 pm

Last Updated: May 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm

. The mock DUI, in Van Buren County, was used as a teaching tool to remind students to not drink and drive or somehow be distracted while driving by alcohol, drugs, cell phones, or having too many friends in the vehicle. They were reminded to always wear their seat belts. (Photo by MICHELLE CHRISTIAN)

By Michelle Christian, contributor

Van Buren High School juniors and seniors were getting ready for prom, which was May 11, and anticipating graduation, which is May 18.

Students, along with several community supporters, staged a Mock DUI/ Distracted Driving wreck on the campus of VBHS.

This was used as a teaching tool to remind students to not drink and drive or somehow be distracted while driving by alcohol, drugs, cell phones, or having too many friends in the vehicle. They were reminded to always wear their seat belts.

Before the students were taken to the crash scene, special guest speaker Teresa Stockwell from Dunlap spoke to the students about losing her daughter in an alcohol-related crash six years ago. Her daughter made the choice to drink and drive. The end result was her losing her life in a single car crash only two miles from their home. This sent a powerful message to the students.

Mock DUI sponsors

-Spencer Drug Company

-Acument Global Technologies

-Dead Zero Shooting

-Citizens Bank

-Farm Bureau Insurance

-Van Buren County Sheriff Department

-Sheriff Eddie Carter

-Piney Fire Department

-City of Spencer

-Edd Rogers Chevrolet

-Tennessee Highway Patrol, Captain R.C. Christian

-Creative Apparel & More

-Spencer Police Department

-Dustin Wagner Towing

-The Landing

-Creative Flowers and Gifts

-Van Buren Emergency Medical Service

-Layne Funeral Home

Students who participated

in thMock DUI

-Austin Miller

-Jacob Crain

-Sierra Delon

-Mallory Christian

-Katlyn Christian

-Madysen Pettit

-Cheslee Curtis

-Hannah Sullivan

-Mason Simmons

-Dakota Simmons

-Shawn Wesley Graham

-Special Speaker: Bro. Wayne Sullivan

-Narrator: Lisa Cope

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