Demonstration Hopes to Prevent Drinking on Prom Night

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Knoxville (WVLT) - If you haven't talked to your children about prom night parties, some students are already getting the ball rolling.

Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud has more on the message they want to send, not only to teens, but parents as well.

"We wanna show people we care about them," says Jesus Godinez, Fulton High Junior.

They want their message to be seen and heard.

Students from the group Fulton Pride spent the morning chanting and holding bright signs in hopes of reaching out to their peers about the consequences of drugs and alcohol.

Just in time for their riskiest time of year.

"Teen traffic fatalities are the highest around prom season," says Tyra Haag from the Metropolitan Drug Commission.

What's suppose to be a memorable night of safe fun, for many, turns to tragedy.

If words aren't enough, they hope the broken glass and twisted metal from a car will be.

"Drinking and driving on prom night is ridiculous and it's not suppose to happen. That is why we have the car here to show it can happen," says Jesus.

The car's smashed appearances caught the attention of most, but more so, the personal messages written on it.

"Students are signing the car in memory of friends of family they lost to underage drinking," says Tyra.

It's a strong message. One they hope doesn't stop on school grounds.

"A lot of parents think that if it's here, in my home, I can just take away the keys and that will be the end of it, but that is absolutely not true," adds Tyra.


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