On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Humboldt City Schools Office of Coordinated School Health along with many area wide agencies and organizations conducted a mock drinking and driving crash for the seniors of Humboldt High School in conjunction with prom season. The purpose of this crash was to make students aware of the seriousness and realities involved with alcohol related accidents. The scene included two mangled vehicles, provided by Farm Bureau Insurance, in a tragic accident with emergency services on hand to work the scene. One vehicle was operated by a drunk driver while the other automobile was driven by a sober driver. The crash resulted in two fatalities, many injuries, and an arrest. The actors and actresses used during the mock crash are members of the Gibson county drama team formed specifically for the purpose of portraying the individuals during all mock crashes held in Gibson County. These drama team members are all local students from Humboldt High School, Gibson County High School, Milan High School, Bradford High School, and Peabody High School. The success of the mock crash would not be possible without the cooperation and collaboration of many community partners including the Humboldt police department and Chief Simmons, the Humboldt fire department and Chief Owens, the Humboldt Area Rescue Squad, Air Evac, the Tennessee Highway patrol, Farm Bureau, Citizens of Action and many others who worked tirelessly to ensure the authenticity of the scene.
Following the crash, seniors heard a personal message from the County Mayor, Tom Whitherspoon about his prom night, which lead to a tragedy that still affects him to this day. Students then were able to stamp out texting and driving on the senior banner, as they entered back into the building. We are very grateful for our community sponsors Farm Bureau, MADD (Mother Against Drunk Driving) and SADD (Student’s Against Distractive Decisions).