U46, D300 schools battle against texting and driving (Sun-Times Media/CBS Chicago)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

Always fun when it happens: This article also was picked up last week by CBS Chicago.

There was the girl whose truck clipped a median and flipped, ejecting and killing her. There was the teenage boy whose car slammed into and killed a bicyclist.

The boy who was severely brain damaged when the car he was riding in hit a tree.

The girl who was killed when her car went over the side of an embankment the day before her high school graduation.

These were four teenagers whose lives changed forever, in an instant, all because of a text message: “Yeah.” “LOL.” “Where R…” “Where U At.”

These were teenagers who appeared in the 10-minute documentary “It Can Wait,” produced by AT&T ­— teenagers with whom students at Bartlett High School could relate, according to Bartlett Principal Suzanne Colombe.

Teenagers whose stories encouraged those students to pledge not to text while driving after they were shown the documentary this fall at school, Colombe said.

And on Friday, that commitment against texting and driving earned Bartlett High School $1,000 for its after-school programs.The school finished second among schools in Chicago’s collar counties in collecting pledges against texting and driving, part of AT&T’s nationwide “It Can Wait” campaign.

“It will help us to provide our students ways to be involved positively at Bartlett High School,” Colombe said. “Certainly, we’ve realized it should be a focus, and we will continue to promote this campaign and show our students the dangers of distracted driving.”

For the rest of the story, read U46, D300 schools battle against texting and driving (Sun-Times Media/CBS Chicago).