Teachers at a school in New York made the difficult decision to take their students on a trip to the morgue in a last ditch attempt to warn them about gun violence.
Pupils held their hands over their faces as they stepped inside the room to look at the bullet-ridden bodies of shooting victims.
Fifty students from Brooklyn and other New York high schools visited the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center earlier this week.
It is hoped that the trip will drive home the message about gang and gun violence, given the high rate of incidents that take place in East New York.
One of the students, Shane Magloire, 17, told WABC NEWS: “Seeing that body, it just made me realise that life is precious.
“And just thinking, like, ‘What if one of my friends or myself was dead?”
Other pupils heard sobering stories from A&E doctors and were shown videos and images of the victims.
Khari Edwards, from Brookdale’s public affairs department, told the students: “You can make a decision to do great things, or you can make a decision to go the wrong way, and usually, wrong ways end up here.”
Nicole Favours, also from Brookdale’s public affairs department, said the plan for the future is to bring students to the morgue every three months.
She added: “It’s not to scare them, but it’s to inform them that this is the part you don’t see.”
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