Spring Underage Drinking program kicks off at Manning High
by Staff Reports | April 13, 2017 3:35 am
Last Updated: April 13, 2017 at 7:38 am
Wilson Hall graduate Mandy Wilson was popular and a cheerleader when she attended the school.
She had hopes of a bright future. But all that changed the night Wilson admits she got drunk and drove into another vehicle and struck a house.
Wilson was unhurt, but a woman in the other vehicle was killed. As her life was just beginning, Wilson found herself facing 10 years in prison and a felony DUI charge.
That was 10 years ago. Today, Wilson visits various schools throughout the state and shares her story. It was the request of the victim’s sister, who asked a judge not to sentence Wilson to prison, but allow her to tell her story.
Wilson told that story Friday at Manning High School as part of the kickoff of the 3rd Judicial Circuit’s Spring Underage Drinking program.
“I lost my driver’s license for 10 years,” Wilson told the students. “I can never run for office. I can never own a gun. I cannot vote.”
Kids in Manning High’s lecture hall sat quietly as Wilson told her story. She was joined by Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Staff Sgt. Luke Hall and Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Nikia Cooper.
Students were encouraged to promise to stay away from alcohol and driving, particularly during prom season.
“Students were joking and talking while Luke tried to talk to them but when Mandy spoke, they got quiet,” said Sumter County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Bell. “I hope they will heed her message.”