• 72°

Editorial: Gone in a split second

Less than a second — 0.7 of a second — can make a lifetime of difference. That’s all the time it takes for a person to snap on a seat belt.

That was one of the messages vividly driven home for East Rowan High School students in a heart-breaking dramatization on Tuesday. They saw an accident scene, complete with the driver pinned in his car, and heard a mother’s anguished screams as she learned her son was dead.

The impact was undeniable.

Local agencies helped make the presentation in partnership with a Greensboro nonprofit, Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person — VIP for a VIP. Not everyone who participated in the activities was acting, though. Program director Bobby Bulla, a retired High Point fire captain, said his son died in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. Jennifer Shoe lost her son Hunter Schenck, 18, in a crash on Goodman Lake Road last June. These people spoke from genuine pain.

The VIP program helped open students’ eyes to the rest of the story. When a young person dies in an accident, it doesn’t just cut that person’s life short. The loss devastates parents and friends. A split-second decision — to not wear a seat belt, for example, or to respond to a text behind the wheel — could leave a brother or sister with a void that no one else can ever fill.

Shoe followed up on the event by adding a comment online to the Post’s story:

“I urge all parents to talk with their children about things like this and if they don’t want to listen to you then by all means please contact me and I will be happy to discuss my sweet, loving, beautiful, amazing son’s death with them also.”

Shoe recommends another program that parents should look into, Doug Herbert’s BRAKES driving class in Concord.

The people who brought the VIP program to East Rowan performed a public service for those students, their families and the community at large. The message bears repeating day after day, month after month, year after year. In 2014, 2,270 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed  — six a day.

As Shoe said, “I wanted these kids to really know it doesn’t have to be like that — that cellphone call, that text, is not that important.”

Comments

Local

‘Meet the need’: Rowan County Health Department looks to add to vaccination options

Local

Seaford is first woman in county hired for town manager position since the ’90s

Local

Colonial Spring Frolic makes a comeback to kick off museum’s year

Local

Concord City Council wants to name bridge for fallen officer, Rowan native

Education

RSS administration will recommend selling Faith Elementary property to charter school

Business

Inspired by advice from father-in-law, Angela Mills launches her own business in memory of him

Local

Rowan County Democrats re-elect leaders, pass resolutions

Local

Baseball: Memories come alive in Ferebee book

Local

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, professionals reflect on detecting abuse in a virtual world

Business

Biz Roundup: Small Business Center announces spring slate of workshop for business owners

Clubs

Kiwanis Pancake Festival starts Friday

Local

Rowan fire marshal seeks to clear up confusion, worry caused by solicitation letter

Education

Fun every day: Fifth anniversary for Yadkin Path Montessori School

Nation/World

Charles: Royal family ‘deeply grateful’ for support for Philip

News

North Carolina sites to resume J&J vaccines after CDC review

News

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Playoff time means get ready for ‘big-boy football’

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT