Friday, January 11, 2013

Blackville Students Learn The Dangers of Drinking & Driving Through An Emotionally Driven Film

by Scott Coughlan

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Blackville's middle school and high school students had the opportunity to view a film entitled "Long Week End," a forty-five minute short produced by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada.

The film was presented by Roch-Alain Poirier, who spoke to the students about the importance of making the proper decision about what to do when faced with a situation where you or someone else is attempting to drive while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Left-Right: High school students Zach Stockless, 
Jackson Hallihan, and Moranda Frenette, 
guest speaker Roch-Alain Poirier, 
middle school students Robyn Stewart, and Laura Sturgeon
Mr. Poirier gave a short introduction and then proceeded to show the film which was projected onto a large screen in the center of the school's gymnasium.

The film itself was very emotionally driven and had put significant emphasis on the consequences of drinking and driving and the lives that are affected by those who choose to partake in this highly dangerous and destructive act.

After the film Poirier discussed what the teenagers in the film could have done differently to prevent the loss of the lives of two young people and the life-altering injuries done to another.

The final part of the film was filled with testimonies from several Canadian families who had felt, firsthand, the loss of one or more loved ones to a drinking and driving accident.  They spoke about the importance of knowing that the pain and suffering does not just end at the scene of the crash; it is something that the people around those involved will carry with them for the rest of their lives. 

Many of the students who were present for the show did confess, afterwards, to having had teared up during the video portion of the presentation.  Larissa Coughlan and Nichole Sullivan of grade twelve said that when the family spoke about their losses, it had a definite impact on them.

MADD and Roch-Alain Poirier will continue their trek across the country and Atlantic Canada in hopes of spreading their message of awareness to at-risk youths who, perhaps, need to hear and comprehend what they have to say the most.