Hoquiam Students Reminded “Every 32 Minutes” of Impaired Driving Consequences
On day one, students went to class as normal. Every 32-minutes, a dispatch report of a collision went over the school intercom.
At some point in the day, the selected student was visited by the “Grim Reaper” in class. Paramedics then put them on a gurney and a close friend or sibling of the student read an obituary over the loud speaker.
The “dead” student was taken to our staging area, their faces were painted white and they wore a black robe. The student then returned to class but did not talk or interact with anyone the rest of the day. They are “dead”.
There was a mock car crash in front of the entire student body where paramedics worked on an “injured” student. Officers then investigated the intoxicated driver and made an arrest. An Airlift Northwest Helicopter landed at the scene to remove one of the grievously injured students from the mock crash.
Final assembly: At the final assembly held on Thursday, the entire school and all parents were invited. This is highly emotional as students speak about their perspective.
The keynote speaker was Jennie Reed. Reed’s son was killed by an impaired driver in 1981. She told us about her son attendingElmaHigh Schooland going onto theUniversityofWashington. Reed talked about how she had spoken to her son earlier in the evening and a few hours later learn her son was the victim in a fatality collision.
The police department is very proud of this Program and commends the interest and involvement of the Hoquiam School District and the HHS Students.