The message, “Don't Text and Drive,” became visual for Brookings High School students on Thursday.

The students, however, weren’t the only people in attendance that reflected on their habits.

Justin Lipinski and Jill Pearson’s son, Hunter, was one of the actors in the scene Thursday who portrayed a deceased teen.

Lipinski said being a part of the display left him with a feeling of guilt.

"Everybody's guilty of it and you don’t literally think of it until it's too late and this really put it into perspective,” said Lipinski.

Pearson said they were prepared and warned prior to the demonstration about what the scene will look like.

She said despite knowing the images were fake, the message it sent was very real.

"I couldn't even imagine running up or getting that phone call that this could've happened to one of my children,” said Pearson.

For Terry Sorenson, the scenario is a reality.

His son, Phillip, was killed in 2012 when a distracted driver hit him on his motorcycle in Sioux Falls.

Sorenson said that even though the accident happened years ago, it still feels like “yesterday” to him and his wife.

They now go across the state telling the story of their son to try and prevent it from happening to another family.

"Time doesn't heal that, you just learn how to cope with it and getting our message out to young people is our way of healing ourselves,” said Sorenson.

Sorenson said he believes the message to stop texting behind the wheel starts with parents.

Pearson said she will take what she saw Thursday for the rest of her life.

"Even driving here today, I was guilty of it. When I leave here today, I won’t do it,” said Pearson.

In honor of Phillip, the Sorensen family has a scholarship fund for business and marketing students at Southeast Tech.