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Personal Responsibility? …Nah!

Posted by Bill Nance on August 14, 2009

This one is a beaut:

LOGAN, Utah – The parents of a Utah State University freshman who died from alcohol poisoning at a fraternity activity have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school.

Attorneys for George and Jane Starks say in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that the university’s “benign neglect” contributed to the Nov. 21 death of Michael Starks.

Police said the 18-year-old’s blood alcohol content was higher than 0.35, more than four times the legal limit to drive an automobile.

It’s always tragic when a young person dies, but not all young deaths are victimization.  This kid was 18 years old. That’s well over the legal age to drink in most countries in the world and is the age of consent in the United States. Starks was old enough to vote, join the military, enter into contracts and every other activity allowed to adults except the stupid over-21 drinking age, which is only a remnant of prohibition and the previous 21-year-old voting age anyway.

In other words, this adult person made a really stupid decision and sadly died as a result of his own stupidity.

The parents should be told to go to Hell in no uncertain terms. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes; Darwin is not merciful.

For what it’s worth, it’s extremely rare for a person to die from alcohol poisoning at a BAC of 0.35. It’s getting likely once you go over 0.4 and nearly certain once you get near 0.5.

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One Response to “Personal Responsibility? …Nah!”

  1. The death was caused by his own stupidity. It’s not the university’s fault that he drank too much.

    I do disagree about something. I don’t believe that death is rare at 0.35.

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