February 14-- Eighth-graders in Toombs County spent time this week learning about things that can change their lives or kill them. After spending time going through various educational stations as part of the "Teen Maze," they heard a testimonial from a mother who's son died five years ago at a pre-graduation party.
Donna Collins son, Dalton, was to graduate the day after he died from Glynn Academy.
"The night before graduation, after a soccer banquet, senior houses were a tradition on St. Simons on East Beach and he participated in funneling which is normally where beer is poured into a funnel. In his case, a bottle of alcohol was poured down his throat and he passed out. Another teenager video taped it and posted it on social media not knowing he was recording the last moments of Dalton's life.
"They drug him like a rag doll and placed him on his side in the hall so he wouldn't choke knowing the amount of alcohol in his system. They continued to party and walked past him and poked and prodded to get a reaction out of him. Only when his lips were purple and his face was white did they decide to perform CPR. When that didn't work, they drug his six foot-three, 170- pound body to the bathroom and put him in the bath tub and turned the shower on hoping the cold water would shock him back to life. When that didn't happen, they called 911 at four a.m., but it was too late. His heart had already stopped beating and his organs had shut down as a result," she told the teenagers, many of whom cried, "I've never seen so many young girls sitting there crying, and they didn't even know my son."
Mrs. Collins hopes her son's story will have a lasting impact on the kids, "I hope it will teach them to look after one another. If you find yourself in a situation that you know is wrong, and you know the decision made by someone else is wrong, do something. Be the person who can make a difference," she advised.