Luray High School Students Participate in Prom Promise

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

Luray High School juniors and seniors are getting ready for their prom, which is being held this weekend.

However, before the students get too excited about their night out, members of the community and high school have a message for them.

From getting ready for prom, to the party, to the accident, the funeral and the courtroom, Luray High School student Liam Lewis spent the morning acting like a drunk driver accused of manslaughter.

"If it really happened to you, this is how it would feel. It really felt like that . I mean, sitting on the police car and watching everybody be pulled out and watching Jacob lying on the ground, it was real and it was scary," says Lewis.

Lewis says it was real for others as well.

"The funny thing is, I was nervous, but my mom was actually the one who was more nervous. She was crying when they handcuffed me and everything. It was scary, my heart was beating," says Lewis.

Page County Fire Lt. Jeff Hensley helped coordinate the event, and says getting the entire community involved in an event like this hits home more than just a national ad.

"You have so many people involved that has went to school with these students, they know their parents, they know how hard it would be if this was actually to have an accident like this here in Page County," says Hensley.

For students like Lewis, it worked.

"I'll definitely be a little more cautious about my actions, and I really hope that it helped somebody else. I mean, I think if we can change one person's decision, then I think it's a big help and we've done something good," says Lewis.

Many of the students involved in Thursday's event either work with the rescue squad or fire department, or have a parent who does.


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