Mock Crash: Students Witness ‘Something That Happens Everyday’
On Friday, sophomores, juniors, and seniors witnessed a mock car crash depicting the events and lifelong effects that develop from driving while intoxicated. The event takes place every two years as part of the guidance department’s Student Development assembly, hosted by the student assessment coordinator, Mr. Donny Songy ’07.
The mock crash portrays a motor vehicle crash to increase awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence, driving unrestrained, and participating in high-risk behaviors like texting. Counselors and emergency workers stressed the importance of strong communication between parents and their teenage children with hopes to prevent a tragedy.
“This is something that happens everyday, and it could happen to them.” said Mr. Songy. “Students can take this experience and cultivate it into good decision-making. Avoiding the act of drinking and driving is not the only purpose of this. It’s not just something which you hold yourself accountable. You need to hold others accountable, too.”
The assembly also serves as an opportunity to increase compliance with Louisiana traffic safety laws, reinforce healthy decision-making skills, and decrease the number of injuries and fatalities associated with motor vehicle crashes. After the presentation, state troopers, medical professionals, and counselors were available to answer any questions.
Students in the Philelectic Society who portrayed major roles were Benjamin “Benji” May (deceased passenger), Alex “Dusty” Doll (intoxicated driver), Ben Schaubhut (sober driver), and Cole DiMaggio (severely injured passenger). Also participating were crew members Garrin Mesa and Michael Gieseler, while Matthew LoCoco read the student letter at the end of the skit. The participants were cast and coached by Phils director Kate Arthurs-Goldberg.
In the other part of the guidance department assemblies, 8th and 9th graders reported to the auditorium for a screening of the film, I Lived on Parker Avenue. The underclassmen gained insight on another event that “happens everyday”—adoption.
The mock crash was held in coordination with Jesuit’s guidance department, student assessment and development program, and Philelectic Society; University Medical Center Trauma Injury Unit; Louisiana State Police; New Orleans EMS; and New Orleans Coroner’s Office. The video screening was also made possible through the guidance department, with help from the Pro-Life Club, David Scotton ’12, and the I Lived on Parker Avenue team.