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Here’s why Forsyth County won’t hold ‘Ghost Out’ this year
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During the 'Ghost Out' wreck simulation in 2017 at Forsyth Central High School, a Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy takes a photo of the "deceased" Kayla Bennett as a large crowd of juniors and seniors look on. - photo by Micah Green

‘Ghost Out,’ the pre-prom event promoting teen safety, won’t be held this year.

The cancellation is due to construction at the Cumming Fairgrounds, where the event was moved to last year, according to Steve Honn, school safety manager for Forsyth County Schools, and no other suitable covered venues were available, Honn added.

Organizers plan to host the event next year, Honn said.

The school system, along with several local public safety agencies, has hosted the ‘Ghost Out’ event near-annually right before prom season to provide high school-aged students with a gripping display of the potential consequences of intoxicated and distracted driving.

High school students participate in the event, as they play the parts of those involved in a mock car accident with a major injury or even death. The Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office, Forsyth County Fire Department, Cumming Police and Georgia State Patrol also participate and replicate a typical response to injuries or fatalities, including a mock arrest.