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Leon Students See Results of Bad Spring Break Choices in Dramatic Fashion

Tom Flanigan

Spring break is underway for Leon County’s high schools. Students at Leon High saw the possible consequences of bad spring break choices this morning (Friday, March 15), especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

The emergency dispatch call came crackling over a Leon Sheriff’s deputy’s radio around 9:30 a.m.

“All units, respond to Leon High School reference a vehicle crash with injuries and possible entrapment,” radioed the dispatcher.

That brought a flood of emergency vehicles to the scene, sirens screaming. Upon arrival, they found a red Honda Civic crushed like a beer can, along with some actual empty beer cans spilling from the vehicle and, lying beside the car, a young woman – apparently deceased – whose mother had suddenly arrived on the scene.

“My daughter! That’s my daughter!!!!” she screamed hysterically.

Then a Life Flight chopper swooped in to take a surviving “victim” to the hospital. Leon Athletic Director Mark Feely says the entire drama was simply to make a point.

“Obviously this is faked and staged. But it is a reminder that we want to make sure that all 2,100 of them make the best choices and look after one another.”

Besides Leon High School, participants in the realistic scenario included the Leon County Sheriff's Office and EMS Department, Tallahassee Police and a trauma team from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The Leon School District's spring break runs through March 22nd.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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