Students at one East Texas high school are taking action against a serious problem. Some Jefferson High School students filmed a piece, shedding light on the dangers of texting and driving.
Business Information Management teacher, Terry Lee, helped her students bring the idea to life.
"A couple of them have even admitted that they text and drive and that they should stop and I hope that they do stop," said Lee. "I just turned them loose and it's amazing what kids can do when just given an idea."
Lee says the students created a crash scene, selected their roles, wrote their own scripts and filmed the short piece. But students weren't the only ones involved, first responders from the community came out to shed some light on the serious subject. Champion EMS and the Jefferson school police were also on hand to assist in making the commercial more impactful.
"We're looking to save lives for one, especially the lives of our students, and anybody else out there," said Shawn Cox, the police chief for Jefferson Independent School District. "The kids themselves enjoyed putting this on and I think it sinks in. It lets them know that it really can happen."
Officials say they hope the piece will discourage these students and others from texting and driving. And students say the first hand experience, may have driven that message home.
"I just hope that everybody understands the importance, that your life can be taken at any moment when texting and driving," said Erica Hill a Junior at JHS. "You're thinking that your text is more important when really driving is more important."
The students hope to complete the commercial by the end of next week. It will be seen on the monitors of Jefferson schools and school leaders say they hope to get it out in other venues, too. School officials also say they will be asking students to sign a pledge, not to text and drive.