High school freshmen learn valuable lesson through simulation

There was chaos Tuesday on a Rapid City Street.  A helicopter, a fatality and a suspect — who chose to make a bad decision by using synthetic drugs and driving.

Law enforcement officers say luckily, no one was really hurt because the scenario was scripted.

But accidents like these are very real. That’s why State Trooper Kelly Stern says it’s best for Central High School freshmen and other teens to see the result of bad consequences, rather than being lectured about them.

He says the “Freshmen Impact” serves as good training for everyone involved.

“Making it really graphic, really realistic not only for the students but also for the agencies that are assisting in the program,” Stern said.

The students also learned about bullying and participated in a number of simulated exercises. After the crash scene they sat in on a mock courtroom session where the driver was being charged.

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