Shattered Dreams: Student-led Docudrama

Shattered Dreams1 As prom season approaches, Coppell High School and New Tech High @ Coppell juniors and seniors will see how a decision to drink and drive can shatter dreams and lives!  Students and staff are finalizing plans to present the student-led docudrama, “Shattered Dreams” to eleventh and twelfth graders from both campuses on Thursday morning.  Although not open to the public, the school district is making every attempt to notify the community of the event due to the presence of fire, police, helicopter, and funeral transportation on the CHS campus.

Adopted in the spring of 2001, the “Shattered Dreams” project is supported by the Coppell Police and Fire Departments, the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) from both campuses, and Assistance League of Coppell, which helps with funding, refreshments, and additional volunteer support. The student-led docudrama is conducted every two years and will include both CISD high school campuses since they host their own proms. 

A mock alcohol-related crash is simulated complete with police, emergency medical services, arrest and booking of the “offending drunk driver,” funeral transportation, and family notifications. Throughout the day other elements of the drama unfold to give students a better understanding of the number of DWI-related deaths that occur every 15 minutes in the United States. In 15-minute intervals, selected students (victims) are pulled from their classroom by the "Grim Reaper." The victims are then made-up in white faces and dressed in black t-shirts to symbolize death, and returned to their classrooms to continue their day. By the end of the day, students have "dead" classmates present in their classrooms. Mock obituaries, written by the students' parents are read, and often the effect is devastating.

This program is designed to stress the importance of the message, "Don't drink until you are 21, and never drink and drive" emphasizing the seriousness of driving under the effects of alcohol.  The original concept was developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).