Nearly a year ago, three Sneads high school students lost their lives in a tragic car accident. Tuesday the school unveiled a memorial to them on campus. One that will honor those students lost from the class of 2015.
"It was only supposed to be two blocks to Bo's house then back to the school," said Ted Jeter. Instead that car ride brought Jeter to lay flowers by the memorial dedicated to his son, Teddy. "This is what the kids wanted. They wanted a fountain," said Jeter.
Jan McClamma lost her son Bo in the car accident last September. As she sees the Sneads high School memorial she knows how Bo would feel about the display. "He would probably be a little embarrassed. Probably if he were here, he'd probably say, 'oh no mom!' but that's what his friends and classmates wanted," said McClamma.
Brandon Hobbs was also in the car that day. His father honors him by doing as Brandon would have done. "Brandon was a quarter thrower. He loved to throw quarters. Not in a gambling manner just having fun!," said Stacey Merritt.
Families were given last years yearbooks and scripture lines the bottom of the monument, picked by parents. "1st Timothy 4:12. One of Teddy's classmates spoke at his funeral, Savannah Thompson she quoted that scripture. It reminded her of Teddy. We liked it so much we've got it on his headstone," Jeter said.
The parents of Ted Michael Jeter, or as his friends called him Teddy, are looking to take his tragedy and turn it into something that will benefit all young drivers across the state of Florida. "Florida is one of three states that doesn't have passenger restrictions for newly licensed drivers and we're trying to change that. Hopefully, I know it won't save everybody but if it saves one child, and we know it will if we ever get it passed, " Jeter said.
The Jeter family has an online petition to strengthen new passenger restrictions. You can find it by clicking here.