Students gather at the Lyceum steps to commemorate the lives of their lost loved ones and friends. The event Rebels for Prevention hosted by the Peer Health Educators of Ole Miss seeks to show students the affects of unsafe driving, especially when alcohol is involved. Each year around 2,000 people under the age of 21 die in motor vehicles as a result of alcohol consumption. With auto accidents and college alcohol abuse steadily increasing each year, the organization wants to show students how drinking while driving affects everyone.
During the event students were able to share their stories of how alcohol abuse has impacted their lives, while encouraging their peers to make the right decision when it comes to driving. Students listened tentatively has they heard how their fellow peers were coping with their losses. A candlelight vigil was held in memory of people lost in car accidents. As the night came to a close the peer health educator organization stressed the importance of talking to a school counselor or a friend when tragedy strikes.
The Peer Health Educators will have several events focusing on important issues
for college students such as: health, finances, and safe sex practices.