PUBLIC SAFETY EDUCATION EVENT HELD AT
HEARD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
The Franklin Police Department, Heard County Sheriff’s Office, and Heard County Fire and Emergency Services held the redesigned public safety education program on Thursday, April 11th for the students of Heard County High School. The event began at 8:00am and continued until 2:30pm.
The redesigned program consisted of five educational programs; two of which were held in classrooms and the other three in the parking lot. Students were divided into groups of approximately 35, where they visited each of the five stations to receive the information about that stations topic and ask questions. Throughout the day over 550 students passed through each of these stations.
While at the Statutory and Date Rape station, the students were informed of the consequences regarding sexually related crimes, age of consent, and how to avoid becoming a victim of these very important topics.
At another station, they watched a video titled “It Can Wait”, which provided actual testimony from family members and friends of victims who were killed while texting and driving a motor vehicle. Afterward, law enforcement officers educated the students about seatbelt usage, speeding, and driving while impaired.
The U.S. Army was present with a tractor-trailer that expanded into a mobile theater where students watched a 16 minute video regarding bullying and the effects it has on victims, including what to do if you become a victim. Several members from the U.S. Army were present to speak with the students regarding the topic and how it can result in crimes as serious as school shootings.
Students witnessed a mock accident scene involving two ATVs that had collided resulting in a fatality. The Heard County Fire and Emergency Services designed this station to educate students about the importance of safety equipment and being safe while riding these fun, yet dangerous vehicles, if not operated safely. Battalion Chief Scott Parrott stated, “all too often we respond to accidents involving an off road vehicle where people were seriously injured and most could have been avoided or injuries seriously reduced, if safety equipment would have been properly worn.”
A traffic cone course was placed in the parking lot where student volunteers were allowed to operate a golf cart while either wearing goggles to simulate driving under the influence or they were provided with a cell phone to text on while navigating the course. The students that didn’t volunteer witnessed their classmates colliding with the cones while in a controlled environment.