PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- What teenager wouldn't like to cut up a car?
That's exactly what a group of students from high schools in Pontotoc County got to do Wednesday at Howard Stafford Park.
The students learned something that you just cant teach in a classroom.
The students dressed up as firefighters learning how to perform in the event of a real emergency car extrication.
"I now understand how hard it is to be a firefighter. The machines they lifted with ease, but it took me with two other friends to get it in there and pry the doors apart," said Sam Ivy, student at South Pontotoc.
In years past, students would tour the fire stations, but this time they experienced what it's like to be a firefighter and operate cutters and the Jaws of Life.
"This year we decided to take it up a notch and let them cut up a car and see what we go through on a mock scene similar to that. [This way] they can get a real world understanding of what goes into actually car extracation," explained Pontotoc Fire Chief Lance Martin.
The students say it is challenging operating heavy machinery, but it gives them a chance to reflect on the dangers of texting and driving.
"Definitely, not necessarily a scare tactic, but I guess you can say it is because it definitely makes you think twice about going out and doing something like that," said Daniel Harrell, student at Pontotoc H.S.
"It sets in not to text and drive and things like that we teenagers like to do things that we shouldn't do," added Brittany McGee, student at North Pontotoc.
"I really gained an empathy for their jobs today. It makes me want to be more careful when I get behind the wheel," stated Allison Austin of South Pontotoc.
The exercises are done four times a year for junior and senior students at the three Pontotoc County high schools.