They say a picture is worth a thousand words, Finley student's photo goes viral
FINLEY, Wash. – A senior at River View High School in Finley wanted to share a message about the dangers of drinking and driving and now her Facebook post is going viral.
After serving as the photographer for the drinking and driving awareness program called Every 15 Minutes at her high school, Nesha Wesson was inspired to share her photography from the event and a poem on her personal Facebook page to help raise awareness about alcohol-related fatal crashes.
“It wasn’t just a photo,” Wesson said. “It has a message behind it.”
The photo depicts a teenager, covered in cloth on a gurney, with emergency responders by her side, symbolizing the sobering scene after a fatal drunk driving crash.
Within an hour, Wesson received thousands of likes and shares, and her post took off overnight.
“I’m in a little small town in Finley,” Wesson said. “I didn’t think it was going to go anywhere.”
Wesson said she wants to make an impact in others’ lives and that it means a lot to hear from the people she's touched.
She's received over 500 messages and comments from people across the nation and around the world.
"When I read messages, and they tell me where they're from, they say it’s shared in New Zealand or in Australia,” Wesson explained. “But then they'll have their whole message about how drunk driving has impacted their lives or their friends or their family, and it’s crazy to think that one small Facebook post can reach all over the world or country.”
Wesson's post has reached nearly 60,000 shares and her post has received more than 36,000 likes on Facebook.
“The messages are still coming,” Wesson said. “And it’s so cool.”