During the mock scene, students watched as firemen and EMTs worked to free trapped passengers from two cars, police officers questioned and eventually arrested one of the drivers, and as workers placed a sheet over one of the drivers, signifying a fatality.
After the scene, students said that the mock accident and letter from Canning impacted their thinking.
"The horrors of what happens when you drink and drive and how it affects not only the family but the whole community when something happens," student Emily French said.
"I don't know Alex personally," Mallory Sudduth said. "I know his story and I think that it does help people because this is a real life person, not a story."
"Every time my Dad an I take a walk on Dudley Road, we see the memorial and we talk about it," Gabe Schrauf said. "It's kind of and eye-opener to think that this happens to kids like us."