Three years ago today two high school girls were killed when after a night of drinking , they drove home and rolled the Jeep they were riding in. It was TRAGIC! One of the girls was a cousin to a soccer teammate of Caitie’s and both girls were juniors at the high school my girls now attend. We knew LOTS of people that knew them, but we didn’t know the girls at all. It was a big local news story. A story we’ve heard before, one many of us might have participated in when in high school. Weekend party at a “friend’s” house. In this case the friend was over 21 and had a keg or more in their home. Underage drinking ran rampant and I’m sure that many of those under 21 or even 18 were leaving to drive home drunk. I think the owner of the home and the person who purchased the beer were prosecuted, but I really didn’t follow the outcome.
Social networking being what it is today, I saw a couple of small tributes and memories posted by young people that went to school with them. The thoughts were surprising, as they were all about missing their friends and them having been taken too soon, and while I know what I read was being penned by 19 and 20 year olds, no where did it mention that God forbid anyone wake up and stop drinking and driving!!!!
I’m not stupid, I made my own share of mistakes pre-21 and past the legal drinking age. Did I ever drink and drive………..probably. I can honestly say not before 21, I did my pre-legal drinking in college and I just had to walk, stumble, fall my way back home.
I’m sad when I recall all the things that happened when these girls were killed. We heard from some that there was a party, yes a drinking party in their honor to remember them, so sadly it didn’t sober up any of those kids. It happened about 1:30 AM, and it begs the question, do you not know where your 17 year old is at that time of night/morning? Somewhere, somehow things were just out of control and two girls were dead.
I would like to tell those kids that are feeling their loss still after 3 years, yes it’s tragic and sad and I’m sure all their family and friends miss them, but while feeling that loss you must all remember how it happened and take stock of how you behave. Do you drink to excess? Do you drink and drive? What example do you set for your friends or your younger siblings and friends?
This was a disturbing morning for me all around when I realized how little it appears some of these kids learned from their loss.