On Monday, April 16, between 1-1:30 p.m., Northview High School juniors and seniors will experience a realistic, yet simulated, tragedy.
In anticipation of the Northview prom, Northview High School will conduct a mock accident for students to experience.
A battered vehicle will be set up in the back parking lot at the high school. Students will surround the car at a distance. They will hear the ambulances and rescue crews approaching, as well as a helicopter if it is available at the time.
The students will watch as firemen with the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department dissect the car, taking the roof off and removing injured students from inside the car. Paramedics will be on the scene to help the injured, as well as the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Some students will be put on stretchers. One student may be transported by helicopter.
During the mock experience, one student will be declared deceased. Someone will tell the parent of the student at the scene.
A local funeral home will also assist in the event.
A mock trial with Prosecutor Lee Reberger will also take place.
"Sometimes students don't realize how quickly incidents can happen," Northview High School Principal Lynn Romas said. "Young people tend to think they are indestructible. We want everybody to be safe on all the events we have including prom and post prom."
Sheriff Mike Heaton wants this experience to cause students to make smart choices.
"I'm hoping if they're ever put in that situation, they will make wise choices and choose not to drink," Heaton said. "If for whatever reason they decide to drink, which is against the law due to their age, I hope they do not get behind the wheel or get in a car as a passenger with someone who's been drinking."
Romas agreed he wants students to make the right decisions.
"We want everyone to get home safe and use their heads," Romas said. "We want them to make good choices. We want them to know we care for every one of them, and we don't want any tragedies."
Counselors will be available to talk with students after the experience.