Officials and event organizers don't want the public to become alarmed as the learning event unfolds and flood the school or the Clay County Justice Center's switchboards.
"We don't want anyone to become alarmed and think something is really wrong when they see emergency personnel rushing to Northview High School," Event Coordinator Brandon Sciotto told The Brazil Times in a recent interview. "This event is intended to be a learning experience about what the potential outcome could be for the students who make bad choices, not just during prom, but anytime they might choose to drink or drive."
Juniors and seniors will leave their fifth and sixth period classes to watch as students from the NHS Advanced Health Class and SADD members portray the victims of a drunk diving accident in the back parking lot of the school.
From the initial dispatch call reporting the accident until the last victim is removed from the scene, the students will "get some idea" of what it is to be involved in a drunk driving accident.
A similar event took place at the school in April 2006, but this year there is a new twist. At the conclusion of the mock accident, the students will return to school to participate in a "mock trial."
Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said the event allows local law enforcement and emergency personnel groups to hone their skills.
"Training like this is extremely valuable for all emergency response personnel," Husband said. "Many people, especially young people, don't think about the effects of a tragedy until a real one occurs. This is a way for them to experience a tragic event, without having to experience the real-life tragedy."