Over the past several months Deputy Cara Schneider, the SRO at Southern Lee High School, has been working hard on a plan that all fell into place today.
She worked with the volunteers at the http://www.vipforavip.com/
program to bring an unforgettable day to the Junior and Senior classes
at Southern Lee.
The morning session began with officials from the
VIP program, Lee County Sheriff's Office, Sanford Fire Department, EMS,
North Caroline State Highway Patrol, North Carolina Wildlife and a
mother who lost a son just three weeks prior to his high school
graduation in a car wreck. Each of these shared the stories of how the
death of a young person stays with them throughout their careers as well
as their everyday lives. They expressed how each life that sat before
them was important.
The afternoon session was set up outside. Deputy Schneider read what
happens in each moment of a car wreck, the havoc that the momentum
wreaks on each part of the body. Students were seated in bleachers as a
car was uncovered. Inside was a young man that had been involved in a
deadly car wreck. LCSO, SHP, Fire and EMS moved in lights and sirens to
"work" the wreck and attempt to save the victim. Doors and hoods were
cut off as the victim was extracted. As all of this happened, the
"mother and father" of the victim arrived on scene. Heart wrenching
screams were heard and students sat in silence, many with tears in their
eyes. The "victim" was carried to an ambulance in a body bag as a
voice played over the speakers of the "victim", of how he wanted to go
to prom, of how he didn't mean to drink and drive, of how upset his
parents would be. Friends constructed a cross and laid a flower at the
scene. At the end, a VIP volunteer again spoke to the teens. He
highlighted how texting, speeding, drug/alcohol use were all deadly.
And somewhat off of the subject, he spoke of cyberbullying, of the
impact that the things you post have on lives, and how one mean post
could cause a young person to take their life. At the end, there was
silence. Students walked away with obvious thought about what they had
witnessed today. And many came to shake the hands of the first
responders and volunteers that put this program on. The Sheriff's
Office would like to thank all of the staff at Southern Lee High School
and all of the volunteers and first responders. Deputy Schneider, thank
you for all of your hard work. Today was a great show of
professionalism and pride in what we do. And to know that the volunteers
with the VIP program do this out of the passion for this cause brings
even more meaning to why we each wear a badge every day!