After a deadly car crash in Monroe left one teenager dead and three others injured on the way to prom, local schools are using this recent tragedy to emphasize safety as their own students prepare for their function.
Thurgood Marshall STEM High School will have their prom this weekend, and principal Sharon Goins said it is a fear she has every year towards the end of school.
That students start to get antsy for the future, and sometimes become a little more reckless.
Of course, to high school students, when they think of prom and all the activities involved with it, dancing, dresses, crowning royalty, and enjoying the night with friends comes to mind.
“It’s one night where we’re free of the stresses of classwork and going to college,” said senior Thurgood Marshall Stem High student Kaveon Williams.
But now it also brings up the topic of dangerous driving.
Goins said her school thinks ahead on prom safety by catering a meal, keeping the kids from having to go out to enjoy dinner.
She also said she often preaches to her kids the importance of being responsible but will put even more emphasis on it before their prom this upcoming weekend.
“Once you leave home, we expect you to be cautious, take care, not speed, not take chances, not live in the moment,” said Goins, explaining what she will stress to her students. “Enjoy yourself, but be safe.”
Goins said she will have that special conversation with attending juniors and seniors, but Williams said this recent deadly crash hits close to home and they have already been talking about ways to enjoy this last bit of high school without jeopardizing their lives or futures.
“Speak to your parents, have a whole plan set out, a whole schedule set out,” said Williams. “If you’re driving, make sure you’re with a friend that’s very responsible or with a group that will motivate you to make the right choices.”
Police are still investigating last weekend’s tragedy in Monroe and currently believe teens were speeding on the way to prom.