It's GENERALLY the policy of most schools to have parental permission before showing students graphic or unsettling films. As a parent, I would have been more than a little upset that the film was shown without some type of warning to both parents and students. I understand that they are trying to teach you the "reality" of the situation, not te made for tv or movie versions, but the real, hard truth. HOWEVER there are some who can not tolerate something so graphic and it was irresponsible of the school, the administration and the county level administration to allow students to view this without parent screening and approval first. Your parents may want to contact your school board to insure nothing like this happens again in the future. I am so sorry that you have that image stuck in your head. I'm certain it's NOT the way the young lady would wnt everyone to think of her.
My mom is going to call the school because I was up all last night, and afraid to go in the car. I'm NEVER going to forget this, but unfortunately to some people it was a big joke, and all they could say was "overcooked human! AHAHAHAHAH!" it was mean, and not right for them to say that. The few that didn't do that either got sick, or disturbed.
I remember when I was about your age. We were shown some very graphic films about the dangers of driving drunk, on drugs, too fast, tired, etc. I remember one that the whole family died because the father was driving and fell asleep. I understand the purpose of these films, but like pyrmom said, permission should have been obtained first. On the other side, it has stayed with me 24 plus years now and I think it has made me a better driver. I think the intent is to make you think. Also, even though you're not driving yet, you are old enough to possibly be in a car with another person who is driving when they shouldn't be and you will now know to say I'm not getting in the car with that person. I am really very sorry that this has upset you so much, but it will get better with time, and hopefully if the situation ever arises you will know and that could save your life, if not someone else's too. When my daughter, who is now 17, started drivers ed I was hoping they would show her these films. They make an impact and that is their purpose. The films they show here now have been toned down quite a bit and I think that's too bad. Now, I do agree there is an age limit where this may be appropriate or not, and all kids, and people, are different. Remember those kids that are making the stupid remarks may just not know how else to deal with it, but hopefully they will remember. Aisha, the reason alcohol would be shown on a drug prevention film is because not only is alcohol a drug, but here in the states it is widely abused and the drunk driving arrests, accidents, and fatalities are astronomical. I too know people who were killed by drunk drivers. The statistics were getting better for a while but last year they started going back up. Maybe that's why. The first one of my friends to die was in 8th grade. Her sister was driving her to a slumber party and a drunk driver ran into them and killed her. The justice in this was that years later after he was released from jail a drunk driver killed him. I call that Karma even though I wouln't go so far as to say I'm glad it happened, it is such an odd thing. There have been more since her and unfortunately there will be more. I hope you start feeling better, but I'm going to step out on a limb and say I'm glad you were upset because it shows you care and you will think about it if it ever comes up. I'm sorry if that comes across as harsh, I truly don't mean it that way. This is a sore spot for me so I have some strong feelings about it. I hope you start feeling better.
Gina is right on the money~ alcohol is the most widely abused drug around! It's habit forming and impairs one's ability to function properly. She's also right in stating these films will stick with you throughout your life and will hopefully give someone pause to think before driving impaired or with someone else who is. Some people find it impossible to express their feelings publicly. ESPECIALLY teens or pre-teens, in front of their peeers. Add to that, the ones who are supposed to be "tough and uncaring" it will more than likely point you to the kids who were joking about it. Trust me, they got it. Perhaps even more so than the child who fainted. Remember, when your parents are giving you a lecture that you want to tune out and they think you're not paying attention, you can still hear every word they're saying. Same thing here. These kids saw and heard it all. I hope your mom is able to get the message through to the school that they MUST obtain permission before showing films of this type to students. I don't mean they shouldn't show them, but they should have used better judgement in the process.
Gina........................My goodness, that was very well written. There are two other things that I would consider. Do all of you know the avearge age that children first experiment with drugs/alcohol? The other thing is that Shadow may be making this a little more dramatic than it actually is. It would not be the first time. I think I have seen this exact film in defensive driving, and if it is the same one there is no reason a 13 year old should not watch it. Today teenagers are being turned loose to drive on the streets, before they have had a lot of practice. When you add drugs/alcohol to that it is an accident waiting to happen. Shadow, I am not trying to hurt your feelings, here.
Like everyone said it is supposed to stay in your head...to be in front of you in case someone offers you the "fun" of drugs or alcohol. I'm no angel, but I don't drink outside of my home, socially, ever. Learned not to the easy way, like seeing this film...One night when I was driving home from the bar that I work in, late at night, on a big empty downtown street, I saw police cars...As I caught up to an accident, I saw a woman sitting on a curb, sobbing...her car smashed to a pulp in the middle of the street...a few yards down the road a cop was putting a man on the sidewalk thru a drunk test, he was weaving as he tryed to put his finger on his nose...I cried all the way home. I serve people alcohol in the bar. Myself, or any of my customers could have been one of these 2 people...not as tough as what you saw, but you have to think. Driving is dangerous. Don't think you are safe, just cause you are doing it right, does not mean you are on the road w/ people who are as good a driver as you. When I was your age I got sex- Ed in school...I'm all old now, 45...but I never got accidently pregnant, or with a social disease. When a guy would tell me otherwise, I knew better. I had learned how to stay healthy in school. As to those parents who think you should not see something this young. When were they planning to show that film at home in the living room? After the kid had already been driving? Drinking? Trying drugs? Maybe it will depress you for a week or 2 and hopefully you will realise how much better your life is than that poor burned girl. And because of her terrible EXAMPLE, you will never have these bad things happen to you, except occasionally, in a dark thought or bad dream...
Wow, There definitely should have been some parental permission obtained for that to happen...that film should have never been shown to a seventh grader....I remember when I was a Sophomore in HS and we had to watch a video in Drivers ED that was similar to that of which you saw.... That video will forever stay in my mind...and its meant to do that to young people who are about to learn how do the most dangerous thing in this world.....something we do everyday...driving... I used to work in a trauma unit where I lived about 2 years ago, and what you saw in the video is exactly what I saw a couple times a week or more. Sometimes better, sometimes worse.....It will stick with you... To this day, I have yet to get behind the wheel of a car and drive if I wasnt totally capable....even if I took a benadryl or some tylenol PM!!