Storm Lake High School students were called out of classes Wednesday for a shocking surprise - two smashed cars head to head in the school parking lot, with a red-splattered classmate draped over a hood, and others trapped inside.
Operation Prom is a simulated drunk-driving tragedy staged every other year at the school, in hopes of convincing the students not to drink and drive. Storm Lake High School's real prom is this Saturday night at Buena Vista University.
The scene was set as four students on prom night collide head on with a mother and her child on a Storm Lake street, after the young driver has been drinking. As the entire student body looked on, student Bobbi Meyer was "proclaimed dead," and placed in a body bag, and emergency crews worked in vain trying to save a second "victim," played by Gabriela Huato, who "died" before students' eyes on an emergency room gurney set up in the school gym for the drama. A doctor tried and failed to shock her heart into motion, the girl's pretend parents weeping while an officer booked the bloody-faced "drunk driver" nearby.
Students were also told more about the consequences of drinking and driving, with the county attorney sharing the likely legal fate of such a driver.
Hosting the dramatic event was Rev. Duane Queen, with volunteers from the school, Storm Lake Police, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center ambulance crew, Dr. Mark Schultz, County Attorney Phil Havens, CommUnity Education, Fratzke-Jensen Funeral Home, Brad Sargent and Bethany Larson portraying parents of a victim, Cross Auto & Towing providing the vehicles, and others helping.