Student organizing Ghost Out to highlight danger of texting while driving
by Laura Braddick
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Creekview High School senior Erin Schorr of Ball Ground, 18, daughter of Michelle Yunas and Robert Schorr, is helping to organize a Ghost Out at her school to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Students will act out a car crash caused by someone texting and driving and the trauma it causes.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
Creekview High School senior Erin Schorr of Ball Ground, 18, daughter of Michelle Yunas and Robert Schorr, is helping to organize a Ghost Out at her school to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Students will act out a car crash caused by someone texting and driving and the trauma it causes.
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Creekview High School senior Erin Schorr has a bone to pick with her fellow students.

"I could stand in the parking lot after school and watch people leave, and I bet I could count 20 people texting before they even pull out onto the road," she said.

For her senior project, the 18-year-old daughter of Michelle Yunas and Robert Schorr is helping organize a Ghost Out at her school on March 15 to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

On that Tuesday before the senior prom, with the help of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, a massive car crash will be staged at the school.

Students from the theater department will act out a scenario of a traumatic incident caused by a driver distracted by using a cell phone.

The school normally stages this event every two years with a focus on alcohol-related crashes. But this is the first time a student has helped coordinate the event and given it a new spin.

"(Preventing) drinking and driving has a lot more awareness," Erin said. "But texting and driving can be just as dangerous."

The Ball Ground resident said she first became interested in the movement after a speaker who lost her daughter to a crash caused by texting while driving visited her school.

"I've never personally lost anyone that way, and I'm thankful for that," she said. "But I took [the speaker's message] to heart. I couldn't imagine losing a best friend, teacher or anyone from my high school."

She got together with Jason Hubbard, her criminal justice teacher, to give the Ghost Out new life.

"She's very motivated," Hubbard said. "She's really jumped on this and is trying to have an impact on the school."

He said Ghost Outs can be a way to hit home with students by seeing with their own eyes what a tragedy involving their own classmates could look like.

"Every year, we're always thinking about how can we get deeper with this and get kids to be aware," Hubbard said.

Lt. Jay Baker, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office public information officer, is serving as Erin's facilitator for the project.

"Erin's idea to do a Ghost Out related to texting for her senior project was an excellent idea," he said. "Texting and driving has become a real problem not only locally, but on a national scale. The Ghost Outs are very effective at showing young drivers what can happen in an instant if they choose to text and drive."

A Lancaster, Ohio, native, Erin plans to attend Reinhardt University in Waleska in the fall to study criminal justice and become a police officer. Her goal is to become a lawyer and eventually a juvenile court judge.

"I want to come back later on and help turn lives around for the right reasons from the start," she said. "I want to help people find the right path."
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