School Defends Drunken Driving Hoax June 12, 2008 5:13 PMSubscribe
"On a Monday morning last month, highway patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School [Oceanside, California] to announce some horrible news: Several students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend. Classmates wept. Some became hysterical. A few hours and many tears later, though, the pain turned to fury when the teenagers learned that it was all a hoax — a scared-straight exercise designed by school officials to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving." While the school defends its actions, some students are protesting: "Death is real. Don't play with our emotions." "The stunt was a twist on a program called Every 15 Minutes*, which was designed in the early 1990s, when someone was killed an average of once every 15 minutes in alcohol-related accidents."