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Sikeston students take Buckle Up, Phone Down pledge, challenge other schools

Posted Date: 09/10/2018

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Many student-athletes like to prove their skills on the field but dozens from Sikeston High School are also setting an example off the field.

Students from every fall sport and a few clubs at Sikeston have taken the “Buckle Up, Phone Down” pledge when they’re behind the wheel.

With facts supplied from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the group of students created a PSA video about why the pledge will keep them, their friends and roads safer.

The students mention that 1 in every 4 car accidents in the U.S. involves texting and driving, and that it’s the leading cause of death for teens.

Senior Jeffrey Thornbrough, who plays soccer and baseball for Sikeston, says making the video was fun but he also feels empowered to be that voice of reason for friends who take the risk and drive distracted.

"You could die from it,” he said. “It's a serious cause and I take it to heart because that is just not cool. If you can prevent someone, might as well take a step up and just do it."

Senior Zariah Blissett-Hall, who plays volleyball and basketball for Sikeston, thinks the it’s a great cause.