Sturgis Brown High School students learn first hand how bad decisions affect their lives

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As a teenager, you may experience some peer pressure, going to a party, doing drugs, drinking and driving, all small choices that can lead to major consequences.
According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, since 2006, 69 South Dakota teens were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.
In that same time, 950 South Dakota teenagers were injured in alcohol-related crashes.
These deaths and injuries are preventable, that's why students at Sturgis Brown High School coordinated the Freshman Choices Simulation.

"These two are in and out of consciousness."
It was a scene no one wants to experience.
It all started with a party.
Some teenage friends decide to drink and do drugs and some even get behind the wheel.
"I need you to settle down, are you okay? Do you have pain anywhere?"
Showing students that within just a matter of minutes, your entire life can change.
In this situation, a few students were critically injured, one died on scene and the driver was arrested for vehicular homicide.
Christian Avery says, "We try to prevent any type of juvenile delinquency through education instead of consequences."
Christian Avery and Austin Biers are both seniors at Sturgis Brown High School and they're the ones who coordinated the event for a senior project.
Avery says, "We're just trying to show these kids what can happen if they do choose to make these terrible choices and maybe kind of prevent some of that from happening later on."
Austin Biers says, "Just any choice that you make can affect others. Whether it be you, or your friends, or your family, whether you're the one that got hurt, peer pressure is a horrible thing and it can lead to awful things. So, just make the right choice and learn from your mistakes."
And learning through seeing is what these two students hope really hits home for the younger students.
Biers says, "With them being able to participate in it and when the fire department comes out and they have their lights on and sirens and they get to see the cops, local cops, I think it affects them a little bit more than just, because it's not them. So, where they get to see it now and know that it could be them on the other side."
After the crash, the students finished the day with a mock funeral and mock court trial.