S. Ind. teen gets 4 years in classmate's death

The rapid clicking of handcuffs closing around Paige Grable's wrists drove home the point Wednesday after her sentencing hearing in Floyd Superior Court. Full Story
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IN Farm Girl

Ludlow, MA

#1 May 17, 2007
RIP, John. You were a beautiful person and you will continue to be an inspiration to those left behind.

Four years? Not nearly enough, but hopefully Paige will see the light in prison.
Sara

New Palestine, IN

#2 May 17, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. She only has to serve 2 1/2 years and then just probation. She should have to do some kind of community service, like speaking to people about the effects of drunk driving. Also, where did she get the alcohol from??? She is only 18 so, she did not buy it herself.
Who bought the booze

La Vergne, TN

#3 May 17, 2007
She shouldn't have been able to buy it herself. Who else is guilty here? Did a friend buy it? Did she steal it from home? A truly sad story for everyone involved, but sure to repeat itself in some other location soon.

“standing on my lil soap box”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#4 May 17, 2007
Too late to learn a lesson here-happens all too often. Who will be next? How can this be prevented in the future? Both families lost children. Tho I am amazed she only got 2 years in jail. I guess the cost of a young life keeps getting cheaper and cheaper..........

Since: May 07

Carmel Indiana

#5 May 17, 2007
Sara wrote:
I am so sorry for your loss. She only has to serve 2 1/2 years and then just probation. She should have to do some kind of community service, like speaking to people about the effects of drunk driving. Also, where did she get the alcohol from??? She is only 18 so, she did not buy it herself.
Good point. I think teen education is the key here.

This is so sad. There are no winners in this. And the judge had to consider her age when sentencing her. The number of years she does time will not bring back that precious life that was taken prematurely. She will have to live with this the rest of her life.
Sad Story

Elkhart, IN

#6 May 17, 2007
It's too bad that the story ended this way. A young kid who's life was ahead of him, ended abrubtly. Another young kid that has to deal with the fact that she took someone's life.

From what this article stated she seems to me like she's a very remorseful person. I couldn't imagine what it'd feel like living with that. On the other hand, I couldn't imagine what my mother woud've done if I had died at the age of 16.

A lose-lose situation if you ask me.
Tony

Shepherdsville, KY

#7 May 17, 2007
When will those who have never been caught drinking and driving start seeing the picture. I did the same thing and blew a .16 as well, Fortunately, I was stopped in the parking lot of the bar and didn't harm anyone. I quit drinking 4 years ago over that, thank God!
Say It Loud

Indianapolis, IN

#8 May 17, 2007
My heart goes out to both families. I think that we let our children start driving too soon, and she could have gotten the liquor from any place in her area.
Jesse

New Palestine, IN

#9 May 17, 2007
This is a good message to send out.

Kill someone while drinking and driving, GO TO PRISON!

No matter who you are.
Medea

Indianapolis, IN

#10 May 17, 2007
Way too many high school kids are drinking, often times to excess. It was only a few years ago I was in high school myself, a small one where everyone knew everyone else and what went on, and while I didn't run with the "popular" crowd who did all of the drinking, I saw the effects of it on those people. My school eventually banned water bottles in class because some teens were bringing vodka to school and drinking it.

Some got their alcohol from older siblings or friends, others had fake IDs. Most had parents who knew, but turned the other way because "kids will be kids" or because surely all the rumors about their precious son or daughter couldn't possibly be true.

If this girl got her alcohol from someone else, they should be charged as well because they were complicit. I'm sure her parents wish every day they had taken a more active role in her life as well so that she wouldn't have thought it was okay to go out and get drunk underage and then drive. I'm sure John's parents wish that her parents had as well.

I don't feel sorry for her or her parents though because she deserves more than what she's getting. She loses 2 and a half years of her life. The boy she killed lost ALL of his.
Linda

Indianapolis, IN

#11 May 17, 2007
This tragic event did not have to happen. It is hope that many drivers (especially the young adults) will read this and feel the pain of both families. I pray that this young woman learns from her tragic wrongful decision and that her life testifies to others that drinking and driving is a choice and that the consequences often effects other families.
Anna

United States

#12 May 17, 2007
As sad as it is, at least it provides a cautionary tale. I hope everyone pays attention.

Of course, we all think it can't happen to us...until it does.
Another Hoosier

Libby, MT

#13 May 17, 2007
Isn't Alcohol just wonderful?????
Concerned

Indianapolis, IN

#14 May 17, 2007
Who bought the booze wrote:
She shouldn't have been able to buy it herself. Who else is guilty here? Did a friend buy it? Did she steal it from home? A truly sad story for everyone involved, but sure to repeat itself in some other location soon.
It doens't matter who bought the beer or alcohol! What matters is she drank it. The old saying goes...you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink! This girl chose to drink. I feel that now that our judges are starting to crack down on drunk driving then our teens will realize that there are consequences to their actions instead of just a slap on the hand! I hope that teens and abusers in general will realize that this is a serious issue and think twice before they drink and drive!
a guard parent

United States

#16 May 17, 2007
What a message we have just sent our teens:alchol and driving don't mix;but what the hay,even if you KILL someone you'll be out before you can leaglly drink.So party down dudes,what's the worst that can happen?...(are the victims families ever included in the plea bargan process?Should'nt they be??)
so sad but too late

Indianapolis, IN

#17 May 17, 2007
think this is a hard pill to swallow, i feel sorry for both families but justice must be served!!! i lost a family memeber from a drinking and driving accident. he was not driving but he was drunk; his "friend" was driving whom was 19 years old, they was served at a bar. Bar was not sued and friend not in jail, matter of fact he has had 3 more dui since the accident that killed my family member. still not in jail just waiting time before he kills again. justice needs to be served!!!!!!
sign of the times

Indianapolis, IN

#18 May 17, 2007
the "in" thing for parents to do now is to host drinking parties where teens will spend the night at the host's house instead of driving home. parents who host these parties rationlize their actions because they think it's safer than having their own kids drink unsupervised at some other party.

well guess what, your party just became some other parents' problem.

idiots... let them all go to prison and throw away the key. and makre sure it's a real prison and not one of those minimum security "life here is softer than a 4-star country club" facilities for non-violent offenders. driving a half-ton vehicle while drunk sure sounds violent to me.
The choosen one

Indianapolis, IN

#20 May 17, 2007
sign of the times wrote:
the "in" thing for parents to do now is to host drinking parties where teens will spend the night at the host's house instead of driving home. parents who host these parties rationlize their actions because they think it's safer than having their own kids drink unsupervised at some other party.
well guess what, your party just became some other parents' problem.
idiots... let them all go to prison and throw away the key. and makre sure it's a real prison and not one of those minimum security "life here is softer than a 4-star country club" facilities for non-violent offenders. driving a half-ton vehicle while drunk sure sounds violent to me.
Its a great idea. I graduated in 1990, my parents always told me if I was going to drink do it at home. So we did. Instead of getting drunk and running all over town looking for something to do, we stayed home. They didn't buy it for us. We had to give my dad the keys and he locked them away until morning..IT WORKED.
kristi

Brooklyn, NY

#21 May 17, 2007
I am truly sad for both of the families here. I think parents and teens should learn from this. I believe that parents set the bar for their children...what they do we see, and many times do...parents need to speak w/ their children about the effects of alcohol and need to check in on them as much as possible. most teens just want the love and attention from their parents. yes, they may be mad at the actions their parents took, but in the end, they will be very thankful. Parents-keep your eyes and ears open, and Students-listen and love.
Get real

AOL

#22 May 17, 2007
Sad Story wrote:
It's too bad that the story ended this way. A young kid who's life was ahead of him, ended abrubtly. Another young kid that has to deal with the fact that she took someone's life.
From what this article stated she seems to me like she's a very remorseful person. I couldn't imagine what it'd feel like living with that. On the other hand, I couldn't imagine what my mother woud've done if I had died at the age of 16.
A lose-lose situation if you ask me.
Do you think she's crying over her own plight or the victim?

I don't believe she gives a rat's rear end over the victim, but only over the fact that her sorry a$$ is going to prison.

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