Sunday, May 13, 2007

It's All About the Beer

Twenty-four years ago today I was on my way to the Swampscott High School junior prom, an event that was always preceded by one of those out-of-tune filmstrips with a title like "Blood on the Asphalt!" or something, urging everyone not to drink and drive. This was in the days before cellpones, iPods and PS2s, so it was easy to get our attention with a few grisly photos. Kids today apparently need a little more interactive stimuli to drive the message home:

Swampscott police and Swampscott High School, with the help of town firefighters, Action Ambulance and the Solimine, Landergan and Rhodes Funeral Home, presented the truth about underage drinking, drunk driving and the real-life consequences to high school students Tuesday morning on Forest Avenue.

The mock accident featured a two-car collision in which two young women died, despite the best efforts of emergency workers to revive them. Beer bottles littered the scene of the crash; another student who survived was given a sobriety test at the scene, flunked it and was arrested.

Most students stood quietly throughout the event as the “victims” were first covered on the ground and then each was wrapped in a “body bag” to be taken away in a hearse..

Christ! That oughta scare the drunken little bastards straight. Or maybe not.

Only one day after a powerful mock accident outside Swampscott High School demonstrated the all-too-frequent result of teenage drinking, 22 teenagers were nabbed Wednesday afternoon, May 9, at an underage drinking party on Alden Road.

Parental sources said as many as 70 other students were on their way to the party, some apparently intending just to stop in on their way to the beach, when they learned that police had arrived at the scene and drove past.

The kids are alright...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And there we were last night, stuck in traffic because some sober person in a compact decided to plow (pedal to metal) into five SUVs stopped at a red light. Six injured, one dead and one critical. Mr. Sobriety walked out unscathed and ostensibly is being questioned along the lines of "Why?" and "WTF did you do that for?" (Btw, the blog's word for verification looks like a sobriety test. If you're reading this, I must have passed.)