Operation Prom 2012
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Operation Prom 2012
By Ashley Campbell
Operation Prom 2012 started with a crash and ended with a bang of emotions throughout the staff and student body on April seventeenth at Muscatine High school! Operation Prom is an event held every two years at MHS to help prevent teen drunk driving throughout the junior and senior class and also show awareness to not drink on prom night. Staff, students, police and fire, and multiple other community members all pitched in with Operation Prom to make it memorable among the sight of the junior and senior body and also a chance to see the harsh side of drunk driving. It started with a crash, a car crash that is, that set the whole effect. It only took two cars to take the lives of two students from Muscatine High; Seniors Sabra Cacho and Sarah Turner. Davis Schrock, senior, was the fellow drunk driver who had head on hit the opposite car that held inside a father and his two children. Schrock took the stage, or street, to show his true emotions of devastatingly killing two of his close friends and harming his third friend, Drake Kullick.
“As soon as the flash bang went off, it wasn’t a simulation for me, I was drunk and had just killed one of my closest friends. I put myself in the situation and reacted, not acted. I was still shook up even after it happened. This was probably the only time you will see me A: drunk and B: Inside the back of a cop car”, replied Schrock.
“I was really nervous at first, I was afraid that people wouldn’t take it seriously, but I would definitely do it again”, answered Cacho.
After all hurt passengers were safely taken by helicopter or ambulance, Schrock was shortly arrested for drunk driving and Turner was put into a body bag to be taken away for her funeral. Following up after the crash, students and staff had a look at the sudden death that had taken Cacho’s life when she was rushed to the “hospital”, held in the MHS gymnasium to be observed. Shortly after many citizens who perform everyday duties in Muscatine, including police and fire and rescue, took turns to speak to the MHS body to share their own personal stories and to help prevent drunk driving. Then the whole event was ended with Turner’s funeral, with Mrs. Hendrik’s gave a speech towards Turner that was so heartwarming it seemed almost real. Overall, it was an experience that had to be seen first hand in order to understand the negative effects that can happen from drunk driving.
“I know it made an impact on at least those involved. Sarah saw her own funeral which I’m sure seemed a bit taboo for her. I think that this will show everyone that their actions don’t affect them, they affect everyone around them.
Even if you’re a good kid, it only takes one time to change your life for good. Being in that situation, even though it was just a stimulation, I felt guilty. I can’t imagine the amount of guilt anyone has in the real version”, said Schrock.
“I believe it did make an impact on the staff and student body, I even got a couple texts later in the day from friends who said it was life changing”, Cacho.
So to all students and staff attending prom next week, have the time of your life but be safe doing it!