SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) - Students in Southwick learned a hard lesson Wednesday about the dangers of distracted driving. 22News got involved in a presentation designed to encourage safety behind the wheel.
One after another, a grim reaper plucked students out of their assembly, painted them white, and gave them a death notice.
A harsh reminder that even the youngest and the brightest aren't immune to the deadly consequences of distracted driving.
"I think it's really important that kids need to know that it could happen to anyone at this school. We've lost many people from our school already, so," said sophomore Brittany Munson.
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni's office teamed up with 22News at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School to illustrate the real consequences that stem from distracted driving.
"We started this as a campaign of going out to high schools and lecturing them, trying to inform them and it developed over the last couple of years into being a very dramatic presentation that we now make to high schools," said Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.
They learned about the 22News " X the Text " campaign, and heard personal stories about the jail time that results from deadly decisions while others spoke of family members they've lost.
"When you're listening to it, if that was someone or that similar thing could so easily happen that it gets kind of weird, you know thinking about that," said senior Ross Lebo.
The District Attorney's office takes this program to the different high schools. It's not intended to be around prom time, they want students to think about this all the time.