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Grim DWI tableau informs Whitewright students

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Two Whitewright High "victims" take part in the Shattered Dreams assembly. (KTEN) Two Whitewright High "victims" take part in the Shattered Dreams assembly. (KTEN)
The Shattered Dreams assembly featured a realistic car crash scene outside Wihitewright High School. (KTEN) The Shattered Dreams assembly featured a realistic car crash scene outside Wihitewright High School. (KTEN)
Realistic "injuries" helped convey the Shattered Dreams message at Whitewright High School. (KTEN) Realistic "injuries" helped convey the Shattered Dreams message at Whitewright High School. (KTEN)
Emergency personnel restrain a "loved one" at the Shattered Dreams assembly at Whitewright High School. (KTEN) Emergency personnel restrain a "loved one" at the Shattered Dreams assembly at Whitewright High School. (KTEN)

WHITEWRIGHT, Texas -- Whitewright schools sent a message to students Thursday about the lethal dangers of drinking and driving.

The program is called Shattered Dreams. During the school day, the "grim reaper" selected students to represent how often someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash.

At lunchtime, students were shown a video of kids drinking at a party. They were then led outside to a chillingly realistic crash scene, complete with bloodied "victims," police and emergency personnel, and loved ones struggling to cope.

The "drunk driver" is not hurt. But the teen driving the other car is seriously injured and her passenger is dead.

"My ultimate goal was to let them see it and make it as real as possible and make an impact on them so that they don't do this and this doesn't happen to them," Whitewright Independent School District police Chief Judy Sims said.

The students in the program hope their classmates get the message.

"A lot of people around here know that drinking and driving is serious, but being able to show our school and my classmates what actually happens and that people actually go to jail and die from this, I think, is really important," said student Ashlyn Wood, who portrayed one of the "victims."

The Whitewright High School prom is just two weeks away, on April 19.  The wrecked cars will remain in front of the high school until then as a daily reminder.

"I hope that us doing this so soon to prom like really brings it home how important it is not to drink and drive and to be safe," Wood said.

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