On March 27-28, 2013, the Frisco Police Department, in conjunction with the Frisco Fire Department and Frisco Independent School District, will present Shattered Dreams at Lone Star High School.
The two-day program is designed to educate students, parents, and the community about the serious issue of underage drinking and driving, by providing a realistic experience and encouraging them to make positive choices. The presentation is held before the school's prom, an occasion on which teenagers are most likely to consume alcoholic beverages.
Shattered Dreams--targeted at underage drinking and driving--involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related accident staged in front of the school. While the entire student body watches, police, fire, and other emergency personnel will respond to the scene. The “victim" students will be transported by ambulance and CareFlite to Centennial Medical Center, while the “deceased” student will be transported by Turrentine Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home. The “drunk driver” will be arrested and transported to the Frisco City Jail for book-in and arraignment.
Throughout the day on March 27, the Grim Reaper will enter a classroom every 15 minutes and select a student victim, known as the “Living Dead”. When the program first originated in the mid-1990s, the 15-minute time period represented how often someone was killed in an alcohol-related accident. As students are pulled from class, a police officer will read the student’s obituary that was written by their parents. At the end of the school day, the Living Dead, crash victims, and drunk driver are taken on an overnight retreat to enhance the learning experience.
On March 28, a mock memorial service will be held at the high school, viewed by all students and faculty, in memory of the crash victims and the Living Dead. In addition to performances by members of the LSHS Orchesta, scheduled speakers include Dr. Robert Simonson of Methodist Hospital and the high school's principal.
While it is difficult to measure the effectiveness of the program, if Shattered Dreams saves even one life, it is a success. For more information about this year's Shattered Dreams program, please contact the Lone Star High School SRO, Officer Joshua Storm at 469.633.5320.