UPDATE: Thank you to Dagger readers who in recent days viewed the You Tube video “The Killer of My Daughter”, helping the Edgewood High School PTSA spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving. As of Thursday May 5, the PTSA rallied the 500 views needed, along with 180 more for good measure, to earn a grant from the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy. The funds will be used to help sponsor an after prom party where Edgewood students can celebrate free from drugs and alcohol. PTSA President Kathy Robinson wrote in an email to Dagger readers: “Thank you for the tremendous response…”
Jeff Vetter would like to introduce you to the man who killed his daughter.
Vetter has formed an unlikely alliance with Mike Jacoby, the man who drove drunk on a Friday night in 2007 and took the life Jessica Vetter, aged 20 and a former Edgewood High School student. The act devastated Jessica’s family and changed Jacoby’s life forever. Now, Jeff Vetter and Mike Jacoby have teamed up in a YouTube video about that horrible night and by watching that video, you can help agroup of Edgewood parents and students prevent another tragedy.
As an alternative to teen parties where drugs and alcohol are often present, the Edgewood High School PTSA is raising funds for an after prom party where students can celebrate free from drugs and alcohol. Joe Ryan, executive director of the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, will donate $1,000 in grant funding to the cause, but only if the Edgewood group can spread the safe driving message by getting 500 hits on the Vetter/Jacoby video by May 6.
“We know it’s an at-risk night,” Ryan told The Dagger, adding that he had many years ago handled the aftermath of a drunk driving fatality following the Bel Air High School Prom.
Edgewood PTSA President Kathy Robinson sent out an email last week asking parents to view the video and when asked, said she would welcome help from Dagger readers.
Robinson explained via e-mail, “Our prom is May 14 at Ripken Stadium and the after prom party will be at the YMCA in Abingdon from 11PM-3AM. This will be fully funded through the efforts of the Stars Club and PTSA. To help prepare our students, the seniors will be attending an assembly that will be a mock trial of a drunk driving case. It’s supposed to be very eye opening to say the least.”
As of Tuesday, May 3, Robinson and her group needed 278 more hits, with three days left to reach their goal.*
Here’s the video:
Note: Per Joe Ryan, the Edgewood group must get a total of 500 hits to take the cumulative YouTube view count to 4,055. As of May 3, the cumulative total stood at 3,777.