Thanks to the organizational efforts of Health Teacher Amy Doughy, Associate Principal Deb Deacon, the Burlington Police Department and Safety Officer Bernie Schipelliti, the Burlington Fire Department and Lieutenant Mark Saia, and our partners at Lahey Clinic and Boston MedFlight Burlington High School held its sixth (biannual) mock crash. Juniors and seniors at BHS watched a staged video of their peers, engaging in risky behaviors including drinking and driving while under the influence. These decisions ultimately led to our staged crash at BHS. This 'crash' resulted in multiple injuries and a fatality. After the staged crash and MedFlight helicopter response, students listened to MedFlight Staff about the grim reality of what can happen as the result of poor decision making. MedFlight staff shared that this accident is something they see on a day to day basis and they drove home the importance of making positive and constructive decisions - especially behind the wheel of an automobile!
With the Burlington High School prom this Friday, senior activities a couple weeks away, and the summer season fast approaching, this program is intended to remind everyone that bad decisions can have serious consequences. This is never meant to be a 'scare tactic', and it's always our hope that program leads our community to think about the harsh, and all too real, consequences that poor decision making can have.
Below are some photos of the scene, courtesy of Joe Brown Digital Photography: