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Released: 5/8/2009 Who do I contact? Theresa Chance
Public Information Officer
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Fayetteville Police Department
NOTICE: Broken Dreams Event

The Fayetteville Police Department would like to invite the media to an upcoming education/awareness opportunity to be held on Thursday, May 14th, 2009. 


The Broken Dreams event was developed by Police Specialist, Randy Sessoms, of the Traffic Division.  Broken Dreams is a day long alcohol and drug awareness program aimed at reducing alcohol related incidents in teenagers.


The Broken Dreams project will be used as an awareness and prevention tool throughout Cumberland County Schools.  The first event will be held for the junior and senior class of Westover High School as a prelude to their upcoming Prom. 


Beginning at 8:00 a.m., on the morning of the 14th, a guest dressed as the Grim Reaper will stalk the hallways of the school pulling one student out of class every 15 minutes to act as a deceased victim of an alcohol or drug related traffic fatality.  Selected “victims” will be sent back to their classroom after being made up to look dead.  While in class, students will be treated as if they are not there, they will not be able to speak to anyone or have anyone speak to them.  If a Teacher chooses to discuss the student, they will refer to them in the past tense.


At 1:00 p.m., all students will report to the Auditorium for a power point presentation read by guest speaker, Captain Anthony Kelly of the Fayetteville Police Department.  Following Captain Kelly will be the reading of a poem by a victim’s relative.  A letter written by a victim’s father will be read as well.  Finally, a “mock” memorial service will be held for all of the victim’s selected by the Grim Reaper during the day, each victim will read their obituary previously prepared as part of a class assignment.


Immediately following the presentation, students and participants will assemble at the football field where a mock crash scene will be staged.  Selected students will be made up to appear as if they were dead or injured in the crash.  Police, Fire, and EMS personnel will respond as if dispatched to a real scene. 


Students will be asked to sign a “Prom Promise” which states that they will not use alcohol on the night of the prom. It is the Fayetteville Police Department and personnel with Westover High School’s hope that this presentation will leave a strong impact on the students. 


Media personnel are invited to attend this event.  A second, brief notice will be sent to the media next week as a reminder regarding the event. We look forward to seeing you there!


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