PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - "I want you to picture me at this moment as your mom," said Yvette Pearse.
The Harrison County mom wants every student to know how a mother feels when she loses her children.
"My children call me every day between 3:30 and 4:00," said Pearse. "And when I didn't get that call, I called (Kiara's) cell phone. Her cell phone called me back. I saw Kiara, I said 'Hey, where are you?'"
"Ma'am, this is the Gulfport Police Department", the caller said.
"Do you know that my heart dropped to my feet?" Pearse said.
Her words were powerful. Her story was heart breaking.
"I get to Garden Park Hospital, and they won't let me see my children. They won't tell me anything. You know why? Because Kiara was already dead," Pearse said.
Her only two children, 17-year-old Kiara and 15-year-old Jameel, died when their car flipped on Highway 49. Both teens were ejected from the car. It happened two years ago, on November 14th.
"The fact that it's the anniversary today, it just brings up more emotions," said Brian Pearse.
Brian and Yvette Pearse want to spare other parents the same pain. So on Friday, they shared their story with students at Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula.
"Probably coming from us is just a stronger message. It's still the same message: 'Wear your seatbelt,'" said Brian Pearse.
The graphic images and accident statistics remind students that they are not invincible.
"It was sad, because they're our age. And it could be any of us that could have died," said sophomore Rachael Millette.
"They did a really good job explaining everything and talking about what happens if you don't wear it. How he's all affected by it," said sophomore Emma Mitchell.
The scenes also brings back memories of a former student who died in a September accident.
"Nick Woods, two months ago, he got in a car crash. He didn't have his seatbelt on, and he passed away," said junior Emmaleigh Davis. "One of the slides they had when they were all knocking together, somebody didn't have their seatbelt on, and it really reminded me of Nick. I'm wearing a seatbelt."
"I don't want your parents to ever have to face holding our hand while you die," Brian Pearse told the students. "Take the time to buckle up. It's the law, and it's your life."
"Be safe. We love you," said Yvette Pearse.
Brian and Yvette Pearse are planning to put up a sign at Harrison Central High School in memory of their children. The sign reminds students to buckle-up as they enter and leave campus.
The couple also set up the "K and J Foundation" to provide scholarships to high school seniors in Harrison County.
Voters in Senate District 49 will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state senator. Three candidates will be on the ballot: Dan Carr, Joel Carter and Ron Meyers.More >>
A decades old tradition brought the Christmas spirit to dozens of children and their families in Biloxi Wednesday morning.More >>
Pre-K and kindergarteners in George County School District are all heading to ride the Polar Express this week, and Tuesday's ride was reserved for a special group of kiddos in the district.More >>
The steel frame of the new wing of the George Co. Regional Health Complex is a tangible sign that those renovations are nearing completion.More >>
One adult died and two children were injured after a wreck in front of East Hancock Elementary School Tuesday night. It happened as the school's annual Christmas program was underway.More >>
The man who started the GoFundMe for a bullied Tennessee boy is calling on donors to decide what to do with the money raised.More >>
A Walker woman testified in court Tuesday in the case where she and her then boyfriend, Jace Crehan, 23, reportedly broke into the trailer of her convicted molester back in 2015 and murdered him.More >>
Netflix Originals including Grace and Frankie and Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee arrive to the streaming service in January.More >>
A squirrel who nearly died when she was attacked by an owl eight years ago continues to visit the Greenville County family that took her in, raised her and released her.More >>
Authorities said Christopher Bowen's mother confined him to wheelchair at various times, and at times, he was fed through a tube in his small intestine.More >>
Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.More >>
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has asked state legislators to consider another way to deal with people caught with small amounts of marijuana other than arresting them.More >>
The Alabama Republican made the announcement on Wednesday morning speaking on the House floor that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.More >>
A Waggaman shipyard supervisor is accused of taunting a group of African-American workers with a hangman’s noose. At the time, the workers had been discussing the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans.More >>