NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Authorities across the Heartland fear this prom season could be one of the worst when it comes to underage drinking. Why? They say social media is making it easier for kids to spread the word about parties and find ways to get alcohol.
In New Madrid County, leaders want to teach kids about consequences when it comes to alcohol.
Tuesday morning Team Eagle Spirit presented a drinking and driving reenactment, one they hope leaves a lasting impression.
"I think it's something kids around here need to see," said Nikki Martin, one of the students who worked for months to put the dramatic scene together.
The scenario: one teen dies, several others injured, another goes to jail. It's the result of a teenage driver who decided to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel.
"It fills you with sadness," said Trey Recker, a New Madrid County Central Student. "It shows you how serious the consequences are. That could be more or one of my friends."
"I'd be really upset," said Mary Clara Haynes, another student. "I'd wish I'd told my friends not to do it."
Emergency responders, fire and rescue teams, and a helicopter crew jumped into action as though the scene were real. They've all seen it too many times.
With prom this weekend, teens say they know some students have alcohol on their minds, but they hope they'll go sober instead.
"I hope this hits home," said Katie Rausch, who played the student who lost her life.
"It just makes me realize it's not worth it losing my life or taking someone else's," said student, Mariah Griggs.
Statistics out Tuesday from Mothers Against Drunk Driving say more than half of teens get their alcohol from adults.
Twenty-six percent of them say they get it from a parent or a family member. The group says parents are the key to ending the National Epidemic.