PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prom, known nationally as the evening with the most youthful drunk driving incidents, can be dangerous for teens, but Crook County's Students Against Destructive Decisions organization is hoping to raise awareness. Mitchel Bennett, a SADD Youth Liaison, says prom can be a dangerous time, when students make destructive choices regarding drugs and alcohol, so a Chain of Life event is planned for Wednesday, where all the students can participate. "What we're planning to do is make an event where we ask everyone to come together and lock their future and not make destructive decisions. So, what we're asking everyone to do is write on the piece of paper to not make destructive decisions for prom and then link them all together so everyone can see their contribution, and their commitment."
Once everyone's chain link has been combined to make the Chain of Life, it will be hanged off the balcony in the Commons until the end of the year and used as a symbol of the high school community's commitment to stay drug and alcohol free.
Bennett says prom can be a dangerous time, when students make destructive choices because they think they'll have more fun. "It's a night of celebration and all the way from alcohol to other substances they may use. Prom is very high risk to drunk driving."