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On March 24, students from Western Guilford High School will get an up close look at the tragic consequences of texting while driving on during a live crash scenario called “A Message 2 Die 4”.

Weather permitting, more than 400 students will experience the heartbreaking accident re-creation beginning at 3:05 pm at the bus lot of Western Guilford High School, 409 Friendway Rd.

The event is the culmination of partnerships between first responders, Guilford County schools, and business owners concerned about the dangers of this unsafe practice. The reenactment features real-time rescue efforts by fire, police, EMS and Baptist Air-Care. It also includes an actual personal testimony, and mock memorial service.

“The live crash scenario is extremely realistic,” said Officer JB Price, Traffic Safety educator with the Greensboro Police Department. “This simulation includes police, fire, and EMS managing the fatal accident scene just as if it were real. We will be moving at the same speed, using the same equipment, and taking the same actions as if this were an actual crash.”

To add even more realism to the scenario, the event is preceded by four short videos written by and starring theater arts students from Western Guilford High School. Through these vignettes, the students share glimpses into the life of a fictitious peer who faces the deadly consequences of texting while driving.

This is the ninth “Message 2 Die 4” presented at Guilford County schools in the past three years. In addition to a previous re-creation at Northern Guilford High School, similar events were held at Page High School and Grimsley High School.

“Our goal is to make a lifelong impression on these students about the dangers of texting while driving,” said Price. “We want to eliminate this deadly habit and save lives.”


The Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and part of the North Carolina AHEC System, together with CareNet Counseling, a Wake Forest Baptist affiliate, will host a “Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation” training in April at four locations in the Piedmont Triad.

Soul Shop is a one-day suicide prevention training program designed for church leaders, clergy, program staff, lay ministers, office staff and faith-based therapists. The workshop teaches participants techniques to detect the signs of someone who may be contemplating suicide and interventions to help save his or her life. Simple conversational approaches will be demonstrated, and participants will discuss the incidence and impact of suicidal desperation on adults and youth in their faith communities. The workshop will also focus on training church leaders how to minister to surviving family members after a suicide.

Soul Shop will be led by Russ Crabtree, MDiv, a presenter for Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI), a Samaritan Interfaith Center for Counseling and Consulting. Crabtree became involved in suicide prevention work when three students in his community died by suicide in a sevenmonth period of time. A national speaker on the role of faith communities in suicide prevention, he has trained thousands of people in suicide awareness and facilitated the development of suicide prevention plans with numerous community teams.

“This educational workshop trains church and faith leaders to effectively understand and address the many facets of suicidal desperation in both youth and adults,” said Barbara Saulpaugh, Regional Director for CareNet Counseling. Information about the program, course fees and registration can be found at

Soul Shop Details The training is offered on four dates in April at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 – Mount Airy 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 326 S. Main St. Mount Airy, NC 27030

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – Mocksville 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. First Baptist Church 412 N. Main St. Mocksville, NC 27028

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Kernersville 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens 215 S. Main St. Kernersville, NC 27284

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Winston-Salem 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Northwest AHEC Education Classroom 475 Deacon Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC 27105 !