Jordan Pickard spent time "in jail" on her 17th birthday.
The Newport Harbor High School student participated in a mock drunk-driving crash staged Tuesday morning on campus in front of about 1,200 juniors and seniors.
Her parents, Scott and Kim Pickard, watched as she feigned failing a sobriety test at the scene.
Parents were asked to write obituaries for and collect photos of children involved in the fake crash.
"Writing the obit was really weird," said Kim Pickard, who said she bawled while writing her daughter's obituary over the weekend instead of planning her teenager's birthday party.
A make-up artist and wardrobe supervisor from Knott's Berry Farm used fake blood to simulate gashes, wounds and create the appearance of blood trickling out of the overturned sedan used in the crash.
The staging began with someone calling in the accident, which was played over loudspeakers, and three motorcycle police officers arriving on the scene. Firefighters then removed the roof of Pickard's car to free a passenger and take away an "injured" student. Another was taken from the other vehicle.