FGHS students participate in impaired driving lesson
A large police and fire presence, including a Life Flight helicopter, may have startled some passersby outside Forest Grove High School on Friday morning, April 19, but it wasn't an emergency they were responding to.
Instead, first responders were there as part of the SKID program — Stop Kids Impaired Driving — a safety education lesson designed to teach high schoolers about the tragic consequences of impaired and distracted driving.
**Please note the photos in this gallery could be disturbing to some, but the blood and injuries are not real.**
Coordinated by SKID staff, school officials and local first responders, the event simulated a fatal car crash on prom night after a student had driven under the influence of alcohol.
Forest Grove High School students filled the bleachers outside the school to watch the scene unfold with students, police, firefighters, paramedics, Life Flight crews, a medical examiner, Fuiten Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home staff, and more, showing what that scene would look like from start to finish.
The event drew emotions from staff and students alike as they watched occupants be extricated from a vehicle and transported to the hospital via ambulance and Life Flight. In the skit, one Forest Grove classmate is taken away in a hearse as his parents cry. Another student takes a sobriety test and is handcuffed and taken away for driving under the influence.
"What you have just seen is as real as we could possibly make it," said FGHS school resource officer Clarice Gordon. "Each of us believes that the problem of drinking and driving is a critical one to our society, especially with young people. Our goal is to help you make real life decisions by saying to you, 'Don't drink. Don't get into a car with a driver who has been drinking and don't let them drive.'"
Held just a day before Forest Grove High School's prom, the program aims to teach students the importance of driving without any distractions.
"There is one simple thing the staff of Forest Grove High School wants you to take away from this assembly and it's really simple," said principal Karen O'Neill. "There is nothing, absolutely nothing, not a text message, a phone call, a drink at a party that is more important than your life."
Friday's event included the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Cornelius Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, Life Flight and more.
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By Olivia Singer
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