The 99 Makes Its Way To Benton, Arkansas Through March
March 12, 2012
A new way of educating teens and young adults about the dangers of risky behaviors, including drug use and drinking and driving, has come to Benton, Arkansas. According to FOX 16 News, the 99 Walkthrough Reality Theatre has been set up at 121 Alcoa Rd. since March 2 and will remain there until the end of the month.
Participants of The 99 will walk through five different scenarios being played by live actors. Each scene portrays how a different teen’s choice to participate in risky behavior ultimately leads to his or her demise.
The idea behind the reality theatre is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistic that 99 young people in the country die in car accidents or from drug overdoses, domestic violence, homicides, and suicides each day.
The director of The 99, Terry Henshaw, says he hopes the program will help teens realize their decisions have consequences and that “when they see the reenactments, they’ll make better choices.”
One teen who walked through the program said it was “eerie” and thought provoking.
The 99 will be open Friday through Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. until the end of March and will be in Louisville, Kentucky, from April through May.