By: Amanda Soltis
On April 18th, at around 10:00 am, a terrible car accident occurred in the parking lot of Seton-La Salle Catholic High School. This event ended with two total fatalities and countless other injuries, taking a toll on the student body of both Seton-La Salle and Keystone Oaks High School. Those taken from us will be greatly missed and we pray for all those affected by this catastrophe. Only time will tell what will become of the intoxicated driver who was the cause of this crash, but we do know that he was taken to jail straight from the scene of the crash and charged with a DUI. All those with severe injuries are currently being treated in St. Clair Hospital. The viewing for James Mallon (the car accident victim from Seton) will take place from 2pm-4pm at the Beinhauer Funeral Home on April 22, 2013. The funeral mass is scheduled for April 23, 2013 at St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon at 12:30pm. All students are encouraged to attend.
Okay, so maybe this was not a real car accident. Maybe the blood was all fake and everything was rehearsed beforehand. Maybe SADD spent months preparing for it. But what if it was real? What if we actually did lose a friend, a sibling, a classmate, or a fellow student in a car accident right in our own area?
That was the whole point of the mock crash, to bring to life the reality that actually happens to schools almost every year. As one of the police officers told me while setting up for the crash, “no matter how many times I do this project with schools, it will always affect me.”
Many of us here at school are lucky and have never had to deal with the cruel reality that is the death of a classmate. Because of this, we must especially remember those of us who are not so fortunate. So did the mock crash affect you in any way(s)? Do you think it was worth it? Could it have been improved?
“I think it was effective because it realistically showed everything that happens at a crash and it also showed that it could happen to anyone. I don’t think it needs any improvements!” says junior, Brianne Colligan when later asked about the demonstration.
SADD member and a “victim” of the mock crash, Emily Columbus, says “I think it went well. SADD put a ton of work and effort into making this crash a success. It was a great experience and something everyone will remember! I hope this will make kids think twice about drinking.”
Last but not least, on behalf of the entire student body, I would like to thank all the members of SADD for planning the very interesting day we had, along with Mrs. Furlong for organizing the entire event. I would also like to thank the police officers, guest speakers, and anyone else who helped make this day a success because we could not have pulled it off without you guys!