Reality Check Hits Home For Students
Former policeman shares chilling memory.
One of the most effective presentations at Canyon High School’s “Every 15 Minutes” Thursday was a story told by Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kellar, a retired LAPD officer.
Early in his career, Kellar was visiting his parents in the San Fernando Valley when he observed a 16-year old boy speeding down the street, showing off for a group of friends. The boy lost control of the car and slammed into an 11-year-old girl crossing the street with her 7-year-old brother. The girl was killed instantly.
"What can you do to a 16 year old boy to punish him for that,” Kellar said, "when the fact is he will have to live
with this terrible thing for the rest of his life?" It wasn’t the first time he’d told that story, but it clearly had an effect on the kids in the hushed auditorium.
Every 15 Minutes is a national program illustrating the dangers of drunk and reckless driving to teenagers in a school setting that involves not just the students, but police, fire, ambulance, mortuary and counseling services. The program has rotated through the Hart District high school campuses for the last several years.