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School officials defends shock tactics in DWI program

posted 6/16/2008 4:32:33 AM |
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I read in the paper last week that school officals had the California Highway Patrol last month at a high school out there and announced some horrible news to about 20 students that several students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend. Classmates wept. Some of them became hysterical. A few hours and many tears later, though, the pain turned to fury when the teenagers learned that it was all a hoax - a scared-straight excercise designed by school officials to dramatize the consequences oif drinking and driving.

Did the school officals go too far in doing this, or do you think if this is what it takes to make teens not want to drink and drive? Is this justified in playing with their emotions?

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tassie1

Jun 16 @ 5:04AM  
if it saves just one life from a stupid mistake by someone who thinks they are bullet proof why not.
schools should also organise visits to ppl left in wheelchairs or with other permanent injury's as a result of their actions and that they have very real consequences.
un-fortunately the victims are usually their passengers and the driver walks away relatively un-scathed
BABYDOLL666

Jun 16 @ 6:00AM  
Nope i don't think they took it to far stupid enough one out of those students will drink and drive at some point in their lives... No matter how many lessons u try and teach kids it never works....u can show them pictures..movies...articles...presentations as such mentioned but it never registers until it happens to them....Ive learned a few things the hard way in my life even after my parents told me or teachers told me never to do it . I remember having that presentation in class we didn't have a hoax pulled on us we got graphic movies pictures and people who have been in car crashes let me tell you not to pretty to see. But later in life half the people that where in my class have done the drinking and driving ...You would think pictures of cars wrapped around trees with blood every where would be enough Nope it wasn't. One guy got into a crash almost lost his life including a limb but some angel was watching over him made it out ok with scratches and such ....Just pisses me off thats all ok enough of ranting Needless to say the guy lost his license for a while.
Sunshine79

Jun 16 @ 7:28AM  
Well, that's what wouldhave happened in reality. So, they just got a little taste of it. Thank God no one was really hurt, so they should be really thankful and move on from there with some knowledge about drinking and driving, it only takes a second to lose a friend!
Ewe_Wish

Jun 16 @ 7:34AM  
I don't think they went to far............I was a paramedic in ohio........and I saw what can happen when teenagers drink and drive.........maybe instead of them pulling that hoax on those teenagers they should have just showed them the gruesome pictures of teenagers who were killed or crippled for life in drunk driving accidents.........if it saves even just one teenager to think before they get behind the wheel of a car when they have been drinking..........I dont think there is a limit to how far they should go...........JMO
StraddleMyNose

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Jun 16 @ 7:38AM  
maybe instead of them pulling that hoax on those teenagers they should have just showed them the gruesome pictures of teenagers who were killed or crippled for life in drunk driving accidents

I think you're right on the mark. They should have handled it more in this fashion. JMO
Wordsofwit

Jun 16 @ 7:42AM  
I don't see a need to bullshit people when their is enough reality that they can utilize. Just have the kids go to mydeathspace.com where they can read about alcohol related deaths with links to the myspace page of the deceased. It makes for a more personalized experience than a newspaper report.

Secondarily, authorities being deceptive erodes respect and trust. Nobody like lying.
StraddleMyNose

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Jun 16 @ 7:48AM  
Secondarily, authorities being deceptive erodes respect and trust. Nobody like lying.

I agree, Bruce. Law enforcement today has an image problem with a few bad apples on their forces today. The last thing they need to do is this. If the school board wants to continue doing this to their students, then fine, but leave the law out of it.
SxzeNewMe

Jun 16 @ 7:50AM  
Sure, trickery always works to teach kids right from wrong!

And people want to know why kids don't have the respect for adults they used to? We lie to them and trick them to get them to do what we want...In what fucked up psychological world is THAT a good thing?

Scare tactics, by and large, do not work. How about getting on parents to set better examples? Lock the liquor cabinet - or don't keep liquor in the house. Wait - how about having social events that don't include drinking....show kids how to have fun without getting drunk? Picnics, reunions, receptions, and even happy hours can be "done" without drinking. But what do I see parents doing? Loading up the fucking coolers with booze.

Teaching this stuff needs to start at home, when kids are young, and with a consistent message as they grow and mature. If anything, schools should only be reinforcing responsible behavior - not doing the fucking work of parents. Does it always work? No, of course not, but any parent who relies on the school system to teach values and morals and responsible behavior is fucking lazy...Schools are for academics and even social skills.

If this happened at my daughter's school, I would be raising holy hell - especially if *I* wasn't notified first and given the option of not having my child participate. As THE parent, that is MY right if you ask me.



ThePurpleProphet

Jun 16 @ 8:39AM  
Wow, I'm on the other side of this. A few hours is just long for a teen to get an idea that life isn't worth it and commit suicide. Would you sneak up behind your 5 year old and scare the crap out of them for getting cookies after you had already said no know. The feared look that would be in that childs eyes. That would leave a deep scar and also leave some untrust. A teenager could hold that against authority figures for a long time.
wtxman

Jun 16 @ 9:36AM  
I found the new report on this and in essence the schools officails now say that they are going to revise the program.
Wordsofwit

Jun 16 @ 11:47AM  
If this happened at my daughter's school, I would be raising holy hell - especially if *I* wasn't notified first and given the option of not having my child participate. As THE parent, that is MY right if you ask me.

Great point and I am with you on it. I wonder how the parents' reacted to this. Also this kind of stunt will only work once.
straightup_9

Jun 16 @ 1:32PM  

I was going to respond, but decided to blog about it instead...

sugarnspice005

Jun 16 @ 8:34PM  
I don't think they went too far. When I was in high school....we had to watch a film about what happens when you drink and drive. Of course, before seeing this film, we had to take a permission slip home for our parents to sign so we could attend the showing. It was a little graphic, showed how badly injured one can get in a drunk driving accident. Shortly after that....a student who hadn't seen the film died in a drunk driving accident....his parents donated the mangled car ( he had wrapped it around a tree) to the school and it was parked out in front for the rest of us to see.


I've done many a stupid things in my younger years............but I never drove drunk.

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School officials defends shock tactics in DWI program