New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wednesday, March 17,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Terry Elliott
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Vol. 141, No. 84
CHS students see accident and aftermath from close up
By GARY P. CARROLL HerekJ-Zettung
Two Canyon High School students were among three injured and one killed in an auto accident at Exit 190 of Interstate Highway North Tuesday morning.
New Braunfels police and fire departments responded at 9:30 a.m. to the accident, which officials say occurred when a truck driven by Bubba Conran of New Braunfels failed to yield the right of way and collided head on with
an oncoming car.
The collision killed the driver of the car, Jack Ward, and injuring three passengers.
New Braunfels Policeman Scott Renken said the driver of the truck appeared “very intoxicated,” but an investigation would be forthcoming.
Canyon High School senior Jason Barucky and junior Matthew Flume were passengers in the car.
Flume and Barucky suffered multiple cuts and contusions and Barucky sustained a broken leg. Both were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
George Amen, the front seat passenger in the car, suffered massive chest injuries and severe head trauma.
Amen was transposed in critical condition via Baptist AirLife to Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio.
In reality, the accident in front of Canyon High School never happened. Amen and Ward are New Braunfels Firefighters, and Conran is a New Braunfels Police Officer.
Battalion Chief Don Zercher said accidents involving drugs and alcohol are a common occurrence, and it is usually the people who haven’t been drinking that are hurt the most
"We see this kind of thing more often than we’d like to,” Zercher said.
In a join effort with city fire and police departments. Baptist Memorial Hospital, Baptist Air-Life, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Health staged the mock accident, as Fire Chief Phil Baker told the students during a debriefing, ” to graphically illustrate the results of drinking and driving.
”More than 3,500 teens are killed and another 100,000 hurt
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involving alcohol,” Baker said.
Canyon .High School Principal Will Krieg said alcohol and drugs
are a problem among high school students, and if the alcohol
Canyon High School students watch a simulated drunken driving accident and how rescue workers respond. The simulated incident was to have left one dead and several injured. Police officials arrested a “drunken driver at the scene. Photos by John Mu seth.
Student reaction to drill is mixed
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-ZaHung
>1 problem can be remedied then the drug problem may diminish.
”1 hope they got the message, I really do, especially with Spring Break coming up,” Krieg said.
Canyon High School students reacted with mixed emotions during a drunken driving exercise Tuesday morning, but rescue workers were confident students saw the repercussions of drinking and driving.
Students witnessed New Braunfels police and fire departments respond to an alcohol-related accident.
Officials used the Jaws-of-Life to remove one victim from the wreckage, Baptist AirLife flew another victim away, and another was draped with a yellow cloth before being placed in a body bag and taken away by a Zoeller Funeral Home hearse.
”1 thought it was gross — it looked so real,” said Jennifer Konecny, a CHS ninth-grader.
Konecny said the drill worked, and once she got her driver’s
‘lf we affected the lives of just a few of these students, then it was worthwhile.”
Battalion Chief Don Zercher
license, she would not be drinking and driving.
Battalion Chief Don Zercher assured her scenes such as the one witnessed are real.
“lf we affected the lives of just a few of these students, then it was worthwhile,” Zercher said.
CHS senior Jason Barucky and junior Matthew Flume were victims in the drill.
Both said it helped them realize the dangers of alcohol and driving.
”It was fun to do, and it really opened my eyes to the dangers of drinking and driving,” Flume said.
Barucky’s mother, Lily, an English teacher at Canyon High
School appeared on the scene to find her son Jason the victim of a drunk driver.
”She teemed pretty upset,” Barucky said. “But I think this was a great positive influence before Spring Break — I just hope all my friends remember this.”
Lee Sweeten of the Texas Department of Health, and program administrator for the emergency medical services in the region, said the idea of the drill is to show students just how horrible drinking and driving can be.
”1 hope they get the message that this is serious business,” Sweeten said.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
A State Senate bill calling for ^ “life skills” classes would not establish a sex education curriculum and should not change current programs in the New Braunfels Independent School District, according to Superintendent Charles R. Bradberry.
The NBISD board of trustees heard comments from four patrons and a report from Superintendent Charles R. Bradberry on Senate Bill 20 at last night's meeting.
Patrons who spoke on the issue urged the board to consider the effect Senate Bill 20 might have on the district’s existing program and future programs, pointing specifically to the language used in the bill which they said allows for too broad an
“My views are extremely conservative — not very different from many of you who spoke tonight,” Bradberry said. The bill as I look at it doesn’t do anything to change what we’re doing in this school district.
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tracts for professional par-•brawl tor 1993-94.
• Approved tlw district's staff development plan tor 1993-94.
»Approved the textbook adoption for 1993-94.
• HMid a report on lh# 1991 92 Academic Exoalwwa Indicator System broken out by ethnic group and com* pared to surrounding school awncuL
• Heard a report on me secondary course offerings for OakRun Sixth Grade Center, New Braunfels Mickle
School, and NBHS.
“We’ve got a real good program and we get requests from all over the country about this program. We’re not going to change."
"You all asked me to answer specific questions, and I have from a factual standpoint,” said Bradbury. “I don’t know what lurks in the dark ”
opment appropriate level The agenda also included a list comparing the allegations about the legislation to the actual bill.
According to Bradberry the Texas PTA has said that Senate Bill 20 does not specify any specific curriculum.
The NBISD agenda presented by Bradberry said Senate Bill 20, titled “An Act Relating to Education for Self-Development and Life Skills in Public Schools,” would require that such education be provided for kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The bill specifically states that districts may use a program developed by the Texas Education Agency or another program approved by the district’s board of trustees.
In another related agenda item, the board approved a vocational parenting course for New Braunfels High School.
’Hie course is planned to target student teenage parents and par-ents-to-be, providing them with parenting skills, instruction and counseling.
A key element of the course is help for meeting the costs of child care and transportation — provided by grant dollars, not local fonds.
The proposal had the endorse
ment of the New Braunfels High
The bill says the program would include instruction in pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, AIDS prevention and that the materia) would be presented as sequential instruction on an age and devel-
School Site-Baaed Decision ing Committee.
The Texas Education Agency classifies the course as experimental, although it does include the approved essential elements.
The class will be evaluated throughout the year to. determine its overall effectiveness.
Approximately 20 students are expected to participate in the class.
Firefighters respond to blaze, vandalism at movie theater
By GARY P. CARROLL Hersld-Zakung
City firefighters extinguished a small blaze at the Brauntex Theater early today, minimizing damage was done to the theater, according to a New Braunfels fire department official.
Chris Bowers, owner of the theater, was alerted to the incident early this morning by two business owners who noticed the front door to the theater had been bro-
Officials on the scene said the assailants broke into the theater, ransacked the interior and started a fire in the office.
Battalion Chief Bob Reed said it is fortunate the fire was not ignited in sn area that could have hilly involved the building, as well as other buildings on the block.
At this time, New Braunfels police and fire department officials have no suspects.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Mario Villarreal Sr., Alice Williams, Jesse “Chey” Garcia, J J. Houlton and Berg amin Guerrero.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Bryce Houlton.Cardiac Airest
The American Heat! Association will be arresting local residents for "crimes against the heart" March 16-18.
Hie annual fond-miser will be held at the Mill Store Plait Office where arrest warrants will bs arranged. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
More information is available at 620-7961.Speechcraft
Spacecraft, a learning experience; will be sponsored by New Braunfels Toastmaster Club. The sessions will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays starting March 16 and lasts for eight weeks and is open to the public. Hie elses will meet at the Victoria Bank North Building. More information is available at 626-2217 or 935-2367.Art Show
Lone Star School will present their first annual second-grade art show at Texas Commerce State Bank. A reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Hiursday, March 18.
Sea Btsmmllaoli, pegs IBLivestock show
Comal County fair kicks off today with the arrival of fee-slock for Judging. Area 4-H and ffa Instructors prepare tor the big weekend.
Aleo, winners from the Houeton Livestock Show end Rodeo show oil their prize critters.
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