#X message comes to high school students in Madison

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Juniors and seniors packed the auditorium at James Clemens High School Friday afternoon. It was the first assembly in which they'd ever been asked to take out their cell phones.

Two classmates - A.J. Simmons and Chrissy Paschall from the school's Family Career and Community Leaders of America club - led the assembly in tweeting #ItCanWait and #X.

The It Can Wait campaign was started several years ago by AT&T as a way to teach teenagers about the dangers of texting and driving. Now, the company is promoting #X.

Representatives say it's a method teens can use to put a conversation on pause. By texting or tweeting #X, they can quickly let friends know they're about to get behind the wheel and will be back in touch when it's safe to do so.

The assembly at James Clemens High School was one of hundreds of similar events to take place on September 19th, which AT&T designated as a day of action in the effort to stop texting and driving. It was the only such event in North Alabama.