Jayla was 16, she seemed to live the perfect life, and kind of did. She was cheer captain, highest ranked student in her class, and a role model to many. But, one dreadful night will change everything.
One of Jayla’s best friends, Amanda, was having a party while her parents were out of town one Friday night. Jayla showed up and at first everything was going good. Everyone was laughing and dancing the night away when Dave, a senior at Harlington High, shows up with alcohol. Right away everyone crowds around him, that is, everyone but Jayla. She felt as if she was a loser. Why wasn’t she as excited or experienced as the rest of them? Was she out of the loop? Uncool? Or was she just plain lame? She couldn’t seem to figure it out. Mark, a guy Jayla has been crushing on, shows up. He starts drinking with the rest of them. About five minutes after he arrived, he noticed Jayla sitting on a couch all alone. He decides to join her. She is in complete shock. Never in her wildest dream did she expect Mark Fields to even look at her, much less talk to her. He offered her a beer and she replied “No thank you, I don’t drink.” “Are you crazy?” he proclaimed. “Have you ever even tried it?” She answered sweetly “No because I really don’t see the point of it.” “Awww……come on, you have to try it at least once……it makes you feel great.”
Now I’m sure most of you are thinking “She isn’t gonna do it, she wouldn’t throw away everything for one night of fun.” Well think again. Because sadly but surely she does.
She replies, “Well ok, I guess just once wouldn’t hurt anybody right?” So she drank few and was totally intoxicated. Amanda begged and begged for Jayla to stay the night. She even tried to take her keys. But, Jayla was bound and determined to go home. It was about a twenty minute drive from Amanda’s house to her own home. This time she made it home alright, but don’t be so sure it will always be ok.
The next Monday she arrived at school and Mark told her how much fun he had with her and how they should do it again. Jayla fastly agrees and asks him how about next weekend. He told her he was having a party at his house if she wanted to come. Quickly she agreed.
She couldn’t stop thinking about the party all week and finally Friday arrives. She goes home, gets ready for the party, and hops in her car. She gets there around 8:30 and by 11:00 she was trashed. Her curfew was at 11:30 so she decided it was time to leave.
Tonight’s drive home seemed much longer. She was at an intersection about two miles from her house when she pulled out in front of a car. Tires screetched, glass shattered, and blood poured. She hit the car broad side and killed a 10 year old boy and a 15 month old girl while putting their parents in ICU. The parents later recovered but the pain of that night lingered on forever. Jayla was charged with involuntary man slaughter and received a DWI.
She was kicked off the cheer squad, her grades started to slip, and no one looked up to her anymore. Soon she began trying to commit suicide. Now anything she could get a hold of was considered a weapon. She started seeing a therapist twice a week. But nothing seemed to help. She told everybody that the only person that deserved to die was her. She dropped out of high school, didn’t attend college, and lost her job. Her life was going down hill from one night and one mistake.
Don’t think it couldn’t happen to you because it could happen to anyone in a heartbeat. No matter if it’s the first time the fifth time or the fiftieth time you drank and drove. Either way it’s wrong and someone will have to pay the consequences.
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