A sobering lesson

By WEEK Producer

May 11, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Students at Peoria High School got a sobering lesson Friday. The school teamed up with the American Red Cross to stage a prom-night crash re-enactment.

The program shows students the dangerous and potentially deadly consequences of drinking and driving.

Students saw their peers act in the mock crash, assisted by real emergency personnel, and the Peoria County coroner.

Michelle Watson of Manito also spoke with the students. Watson lost her 18-year-old son six years ago in a prom-night crash.

"I hope that they just realize that they are not invincible," said Watson. "Nobody is invincible and it can happen to anyone at anytime. And it's all based on choices that kids make."

"It shoulda had people thinking twice about it cause I know some people were gonna get drunk after prom," said Peoria High Senior, Branai Ervin-Lear.

Watson began speaking at these events three years ago.

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