May 12, 2005
Designed to show the possibly deadly consequences of teen-age drinking and driving, Every 15 Minutes, a dramatic and emotionally charged two-day program featuring a simulated car crash and its aftermath involving high school student-actor participants and observed by the student body, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, at John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom Street at 19th Street. The simulated crash portion of the event will take place on the school grounds beginning at 10:30 A.M. The crash set up is extremely realistic, with actual police, fire and medical personnel responding and performing their duties exactly as if a crash had actually occurred. The student “victims” in the vehicles are professionally made up to simulate severe injuries. Following standard procedure, police will arrest and book the “drunk” driver.
To make a further impact on the life-altering consequences of DUI, a student is taken out of class every 15 minutes to become one of the “living dead” of DUI-involved crashes; they will not speak or interact with the other students for the rest of the day. At the same time, San Francisco Police Officers will make “death notifications” of these selected students at the parents’ home or workplace.
At the end of the day, those students who participated in the “crash,” as well as those participating as the “living dead,” will go on an overnight retreat to accentuate the separation from family and friends. The next day, Wednesday, students and family will join in a mock funeral service from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. at John O’Connell. Speakers will include the “living dead” who will read loving and poignant letters to their parents they have left behind. Persons who have personal experience of a life-changing DUI incident will also speak.
With the exception of the overnight retreat, the media is welcome and encouraged to cover all aspects of this two-day event. The Every 15 Minutes program is a national program that has had an unfailingly extraordinary impact on the participants and observers. In this program, everything has been simulated -- except the emotions.
For more information, please contact: Public Affairs Office, 553-1651.
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103