Dunlap Hosts Operation Prom Night

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Student actors screamed while their classmates looked on in astonishment at Operation Prom Night at Dunlap High School.

An accident reenactment was held at Dunlap High School Thursday.

A tarp was pulled revealing student Jessica Beyer, pretending to be lifeless, laying on top of a heavily damaged car. Fake blood covered her body, while the other student actors and actresses panicked around her.

State Trooper Ross Green, along with other local officers, later arrived and got in the act.

Adam Raso played the role of the drunk driver, pleading with the officers not to arrest him as they hooked the cuffs around his wrists.

Junior Aanise Sajana was one of the student actresses.

“We are showing everyone that this could happen to you,” Sajana said.

The purpose of the charade is to dissuade students from drinking and driving on prom night.

“I think it will affect some kids including me. I don’t think they will drink and drive,” said Junior Phillip Unes.

This moment was very real for Michelle Watson 11 years ago. Her 18-year-old son was killed in a car crash while she was out of town. His friend was driving while high.

“The feeling never goes away,” Watson said. “It’s there every day.”

Watson, never wanting another parent to go through her pain, hosts the mock crashes throughout central Illinois each prom season.

Operation Prom Night is sponsored by the Illinois Neurological Institute at OSF.

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