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SKHS drama team reenacts drunk-driving crash

Out in front of South Kitsap High School, the scene looked like a horror movie. Students in prom dresses and tuxedos covered in blood, others carried off in body bags — all against the backdrop of two totaled cars, smashed nose-to-nose.

Luckily for the students, it was just a dramatic re-enactment, intended to get the high schoolers to think about the ramifications of drinking.

But even though it was just an exercise, the scene afterwards looked very real, as classmates approached the actors with hugs and support.

SK Senior Bailey Nelson took part in the dramatic exercise held Thursday morning in front of the high school campus. After the student body viewed the mock incident, Nelson stood off to the side with fake blood caked to her face.

The production had an effect, Nelson said, especially for her as a participant.

“It’s tough to hear friends get put in a body bag,” Nelson said.

Junior Jalissa Taylor said the event got the message across, and that she did not find it too violent considering the topic.

“That would be the outcome,” Taylor, 17, said. “It’s not like butterflies and flowers.”

Cliff Wilson, battalion chief and medical officer for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, said he’s been helping produce these scenarios since 1996. He said the intent was to hopefully bring down the high number of teen fatalities that occur around the spring time during proms and graduation parties.

“It’s really graphic, and it’s very effective,” Wilson said. “We’ve seen a dramatic drop in the number of deaths over the years.”

Rather than see a video bemoaning the effects of under-age drinking, students see their own classmates, bloodied and messy.

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