High School Prom

United States
June 8, 2007 1:41pm CST
So, do those of you in other countries have high school prom traditions? I hope that doesn't sound like an ignorant question, but I would never want to assume everyone does the same things. Anyway, here in the US, it is very common for students attending the junior or senior prom to be required to attend a pre-prom class or seminar. In the seminar they talk about behavior, but most importantly they discuss the effects of alcohol consumption and drunk driving. Most of these pre-prom classes include a VERY graphic video of car accidents caused by drunk driving. They are intended to scare the kids out of drinking and driving by showing them the consequences. Now, schools are getting more creative. Instead of showing videos, they are mocking car accidents on their football fields. Student actors dress up in old/fake clothes and sit in mangled cars that look like they have just been in an accident. The student population has to watch this presentation and they get to see the effects of an accident. Local police and fire departments participate and actually show how they have to cut people out of the cars with the "jaws of life" machine - they use body bags to remind them that death is the ultimate consequence - it's very detailed. One school out in California made a video which was uploaded to the internet. Please note, it is very graphic, but it is not a REAL accident - you are seeing fake blood, etc. Do not watch this if you are at all queesy or do not like the sight of this type of situation. It's great for teens to see, and I do think it's important for them to understand. Here's the video: http://www.viddler.com/explore/darius0/videos/5/
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• India
9 Jun 07
It's tiring to read such a big para
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Well, I guess they ae getting more creative about proms nowadays. I missed my high school prom, so I don't really know how it feels to be in one. Maybe in my next lifetime.