Twenty teenagers from Midlands area public and private high schools were charged Wednesday with a daunting task: Come up with a plan to dissuade fellow teens from texting and driving.
The teenagers, from Richland 1, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and Hammond School, were brought together on the Hammond campus through Furman University’s Riley Institute and its diversity leadership initiative.
A group of Midlands business, community and school leaders, participating in the diversity leadership institute, created the daylong high school challenge activity to strengthen diversity among high school leaders and, at the same time, tackle a serious societal problem.
The teenagers acknowledged that texting while driving is an all-too-common phenomenon — most admitted doing it themselves. But after watching a graphic video and researching alarming statistics, they all agreed something should be done to ban the practice.