Jacob's Way

O’Neal Upper School students were presented “Jacob’s Way” at a recent morning meeting. “Jacob’s Way” is an educational program in partnership with NC Highway Patrol Officer Hugh Dixon and Tracy and Todd McNeill, parents of Jacob McNeill who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in November of 2017. Officer Dixon addressed the ability a vehicle has in doing fatal harm. Speeding, driving while texting, driving while impaired and not wearing a seat belt increases one’s chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Mrs. McNeill followed by giving her testimony of the events that led up to her son's accident where “spoofing” – texting under disguise - was involved; what happens after your child is killed in an MVA and how her family has forever changed.

A student at NC State, high school 3-star athlete and all-around good person with a great future ahead of him, Jacob was killed after his truck rolled and he was ejected due to driving at excessive speed without wearing a seat belt. Mrs. McNeill stressed that having the attitude “this can’t happen to me” brings a false sense of security. She stressed for students to do their part to be safe behind the wheel. It is their life to live, but there are so many others whose lives they touch.

In the coming weeks, called “Jacob’s Promise” - the upper school students will be asked to sign an O’Neal t-shirt as a gift to the McNeills symbolizing their promise to be safe behind the wheel.

For more information about Jacob's Way please email Tracy McNeill -

    • Officer Hugh Dixon explains that your body and the vehicle your in are traveling at the same speed.

    • With a picture of Jacob's wrecked truck in the background, Tracy McNeill holds up Jacob's keys and steering wheel sleeve - the last 2 things he touched before his accident.

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