Oceanside school officials are defending an anti-drunken driving program that caused hysteria among several students who thought their classmates were dead, according to San Diego DUI attorneys.
California Highway Patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School late last month to inform students that their classmates were killed in car wrecks involving alcohol.
A few hours later, students were told it was only a simulation. “Just kidding, kids.”
Several students cried and some became so hysterical that teachers had to let them in on the secret earlier to calm them down, San Diego DUI lawyers are told.
“They were traumatized but we wanted them to be traumatized,” Guidance counselor Lori Tauber maintains. “That’s how they get the message.