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Fayetteville Teens Working To Make Prom Night Safer

Posted May 2, 2001 9:32 a.m. EDT

— Proms are a rite of passage at high schools across the country. At Fayetteville's brand new Jack Britt High, students are looking at this prom as a new beginning, and using a news story with a tragic end to get their point across.

Two months ago, after a prom in Sampson County, three boys from Midway High School set out for the beach. They had a car accident, and Justin Gainey and Adam Jackson died.

Allaina Nielsen is telling this sad prom ending over and over again.

"We want you to remain safe, be extra cautious, and just have fun on prom night," she says. "When you make the pledge it's trying to tell you to make a moral commitment to others, just to try."

Troopers say the boys from Midway High were speeding when their car hit a utility pole.

Although it happened a county away, the Prom Promise Committee wants it to hit here - close to home.

"It can happen to anyone of us too...so I [just don't want it to happen here]," says student Natasha Tajman.

"I just look at it as an opportunity to do the right thing," says Principal Conrad Lopes. Our kids have taken the active role in making sure the right thing is done."

This is a promise no one wants to see broken.

Jack Britt's prom is next Saturday. Over 75 percent of the senior class signed the Prom Promise.