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fatal reality


chelsea mcclelland

katie gaughan



fatal reality



Fatal Reality Students get a look at what can happen if they choose to drink and drive

1. BLOODY. A volunteer gets Erika DeMers, ‘11, ready for her part in the fake car crash as part of Fatal Reality Day. 2. EXTRACT. One of the fire fighters “on scene,” extracts Kathleen Kennedy, ‘11 from the wrecked pick-up truck. 3. LANDING. The helicopter prepares to land in the Lincoln Elementary softball field. 4. PHYSICS. Jeff Richard, physics, takes the stand during the trial to testify about the formula for yaw marks. 5. PARALIZED. Alex Vogel, ‘10, is swarn in during the trial to to testify about his permanant paralysis. 6. STRECHER. Greta Smeings,’10 gets put into an ambulance by stretcher. 7. DRUNK. Kodey Salow, ’10 recieves a sobriety test from a police officer. 8. OUCH. Nick Kleese, ’10 shows off a bad cut at the fire station. 9. SMILE. Kathleen Kennedy, ’11, Alex Vogel, ’10, Kodey Salow, ’10, Erika DeMers, ‘11, Nick Kleese, ‘10, and Greta Smeins, ‘10 pose for a picture after getting their makeup done. 10. CRASH. The scene of the accident. Photos by Katie Gaughan and Chelsea McClelland.


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Anybody’s reality- fatal reality 2010 Marissa Gaal Free-Lance Reporter








On the early morning of May 2, 2010, a crash occurred on the corner of East Monroe and 4th Avenue. There was one fatality, one major and three minor injuries. Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be involved. This event is fictitious, no one was injured, no one died. If it had occurred, every student would be reading these words in our Washington Journal, plain as day, words that hold no false meaning, and that cannot be erased. The event “Fatal Reality” was put on by our fellow students, who are members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) which is made up of Student Congress members and Peer Helpers, along with volunteer efforts from Washington County Ambulance Service, City of Washington Fire Department and Rescue, the Washington Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, University of Iowa Aircare, Moore’s Amoco, Dr. Lynette Iles, and three local attorneys, Jeffery Powell, Larry Brock, and Gerald Partridge. “The SADD members were hoping to show students how much this community cares about the teenagers, and how we want them to be safe,” said Cindy Kennedy. The time and effort put into this event was immense and was coordinated effort by Washington Fire and Rescue, Washington Police Department, and legal staff coordinated by Larry Brock. A committee from 85 members of SADD helped plan the details of Fatal Reality with Student Congress and Peer Helpers. They called local businesses asking for volunteers, put together times and dates, and even volunteered themselves. “I have never been in a drunk driving situation or ever in court,” said Greta Smeins, ’10, “It opened my eyes and I hope it showed people what can really happen.” Our SADD organization was organized by members of student congress and peer helpers. Anyone can join, no one is turned away. The purpose of SADD is students helping students make positive decisions in their everyday lives. By showing the student body the consequences of drunk driving and drug use, they hope to make an impact and help students make smart decisions. “The casket in the courtroom was intense, but it’s good to put people in that situation,” Emily Zehr, ’12. Student’s opinion if “Fatal Reality” will differ. It will impact some, be a joke to others. The law enforcement and Rescue Organization along with SADD made the accident as realistic as possible, to leave a lasting impact. “The injuries and crash could be more realistic,” said Christopher Jewell, ’11, “but even if it was fake, it leaves a picture in your mind.” Drunk driving is a problem. Drunk driving is illegal. Not only is alcohol but and substance while driving can be deadly. One teen does die every hour due to drunk driving. Tomorrow, 24 of your friends could be dead. The facts are clear. They are based on the number of people who die every year from drunk driving, people who become another statistic. High schoolers are not invincible, they are not immune to becoming another drunk driving statistic. “People need to realize that this “Fatal Reality” could be anyone’s reality,” said Smeins.

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