"Funeral" held at local high school

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The spring months bring exciting times for many high school students. From prom to graduation, there are lots of reasons to celebrate. School leaders want to make sure students are having fun and staying safe.

A group of Bell County High School students got to school and found out they were "dead" this morning.

"I was like what's going on, then that Grim Reaper walked in there, and he walked around," said Hollie Alcorn.

"The Grim Reaper chose me, so I guess I'm dead now," said John Belcher.

The twelve students chosen spent time writing their own obituary to be presented at their makeshift funeral.

"This program is an example of how making that wrong choice, split-second choice, can change everything," said Belcher.

All day, an empty coffin sat in the lobby of the high school. Students could look into the coffin and see a reflection of themselves.

"It's really sad because it's like you expect it at any time, but you don't think it will be someone your age because you haven't lived your life yet," said Melissa Caldwell.

Organizers hope this shows students to stay away from drugs and alcohol, by bringing them one moment they won't soon forget.

"I never expected to write my own obituary," said Alcorn.

Students at Magoffin County High School also participated at Thursday's event. It is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Highways.

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