Dead serious about the message

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 3:57pm
By: The Citizen

Dead serious about the message

It was the day before the prom at Sandy Creek High School and the gym was full of students watching a Ghost Out, an event designed to compel them to stay safe behind the wheel in the midst of the frivolity. Making the point, along with the presence of the Grim Reaper, were former coach Rick Francis whose son was killed on Sam’s Drive when his car smashed into tree and burned, and 11th grade student Stephanie Earle, who wandered the floor in ghostly sadness and regret after she was killed in an auto accident. No one in the gym failed to get the point of both messages. To view all the photos of Ghost Out 2009 at Sandy Creek click here.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 8:19am.

It has been shown time and time again that this generation of youth are the most marketed to, the most jaded, and the most information overloaded group. These type of messages have been shown historically to cut through some of the marketing and jadedness and be effective. Since the majority of our society glamorizes an alcohol induced haze, the walk of shame, the binge drinker, the drunkeness for a good time--it has obviously been embraced by our youth. Why wouldn't we try to cut through some of the socialization with a dose of harsh reality? What else would you do. Lecture? Have you seen that work with alcohol, drugs, or sex? Get real.

Submitted by bamagrl on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 6:47am.

You would not think this production so silly or a waste of your child's time if it just so happened to save their life. I have seen a ghost out and listened to my son who is a student at SCHS talk about it. It really makes an impact and gets the students talking about making responsible choices.

Submitted by skarfy on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 5:46am.

Ridiculous. The epitome of poor taste. I only hope this was an optional program, that was not conducted during school hours. I'd be furious if my child was yanked out of class and forced to endure this silly production.

Submitted by Good Dog on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 1:59pm.

First thought about this, DELETED. Once again the beautiful school system uses scare tactics and propaganda to scare kids. I mean the majority of the United States knows the dangers of drinking and driving. Stupid propaganda like this only desensitizes kids to the actual truth of death. Seriously, if I had to sit through this brain washing I would need a drink.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 3:04pm.

I'm curious, would you feel the same way if your son or daughter participated in the program?

BTW, your avatar is rather distasteful.


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Submitted by Daniel Ross on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 2:59pm.

I remember the last Ghost Out (2005). I was a sophmore and had no clue what was going on until everything was explained at the assembly (it didn't help that we were having severe weather that day also).

However, instead of shoving this information down the kids throats, the "Ghost Out" is an interesting and informative way to present the information. Sure, it may be propaganda, but it's propaganda that can save lives, presented to those who mostly haven't started driving yet (at least half of the high schoolers only have their permits).

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