'Grim Reaper' randomly plucks teens from Fife HS to teach lesson

The Grim Reaper arrives to claim another victim at Fife High School. (Fife PD photo)

FIFE, Wash. -- Students at Fife High School are learning a lesson in distracted driving from the "Grim Reaper" on Wednesday.

Every 15 minutes, a student is plucked from their classroom to demonstrate the consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.

"After the Reaper takes his student, a police officer will immediately enter the classroom and read an obituary written by the 'dead' student’s parents," Fife police said in a Facebook post.

The student then returns to class with zombie makeup, a coroner's tag, and wearing an "Every 15 Minutes" T-shirt. They are also not allowed to speak to fellow classmates for the remainder of the school day.

"Every 15 Minutes" is an elaborate production sponsored by Fife Public Schools, and the Fife Police Department. The concept is based off a statistic that every 15 minutes, someone dies as a result of an alcohol-related crash.

Students also witness a simulated crash involving classmates outside the school. An emergency response arrives as it would in a real crash, and even a helicopter was brought in to show what would happen in an emergency.

The hope is students will learn "the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving," Fife police said.