Wabash student may have slipped off roof

Wabash student may have slipped off roof

There are 164 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 30, 2007, titled Wabash student may have slipped off roof. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A Wabash College freshman who fell to his death from a campus building may have slipped on the copper roof while trying to reach the peak, administrators believe.

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Student

Crawfordsville, IN

#2 Oct 30, 2007
He was a very bright student. Guess you were never young and reckless. I don't think you realize how your comments hurt his friends and family who read this.
Anon

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Oct 30, 2007
Teenagers frequently do stupid things and they sometimes end in tragedy. What a shame that it happened this time. Too young to die. My sympathies to his family and friends.
Bryon Sego

Madison, IN

#5 Oct 30, 2007
That is sad beyond compare. I pray for his family, house brothers, team mates and other friends. The immaturity of the act bringing him to fall in no way overshadows the tragedy. We all do childish things, but we don't all pay the price he paid for them.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Oct 30, 2007
Luke wrote:
Why on earth would he be on this roof to begin with?
I'm not sure, but it is the school's fault for allowing him up there and they will pay out big time in a lawsuit.
anon

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 30, 2007
let the parental lawsuit begin.........now
Mom of sons

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Oct 30, 2007
My heart grieves for this family. Any of us with children, and especially those of us with sons, know that their teenage years are full of impulsive, risk-taking behavior. This in no way implies that they are poorly parented or stupid individuals. They are teenagers and inherently believe they are invincible.
Bad choice. Tragic consequences.
And I would not be surprised to find out that this "challenge" was tied to the fraternity or the team.
So sad. I am praying for this family and his friends.
How sad

Greenfield, IN

#11 Oct 30, 2007
I pray for his family and friends.
gamblingnurse

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Oct 30, 2007
The Plaid Cow wrote:
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I'm not sure, but it is the school's fault for allowing him up there and they will pay out big time in a lawsuit.
WHAT? How in the world is it the schools fault? It's a tragic accident,period.
Cville

Crawfordsville, IN

#15 Oct 30, 2007
The building was locked. One has to break in to the tunnels, then break in to the building, and then once they've broken in to the attic and on to the observation platform on the roof, climb over the safety rails.

It is very sad, but at this point, you can't blame the school. They took necessary precautions and it isn't negligence on the school's behalf when students break in to buildings. The students assumed the risk. This is very sad. Good kids get reckless too. I pray for his family and friends.
Oldtimer

South Bend, IN

#17 Oct 30, 2007
The Plaid Cow wrote:
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I'm not sure, but it is the school's fault for allowing him up there and they will pay out big time in a lawsuit.
Huh? The school allowed him up there?
Think before you speak

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Oct 30, 2007
The Good Book says, he that is without sin, cast the first stone.

It is pretty sad that some idiots here want to play the blame game. Remember, there was a 19 year old child lost... not who screwed up the property tax this year!
fellow Lambda Chi

Zionsville, IN

#20 Oct 30, 2007
As a fellow Lambda Chi, I mourn the loss of a brother ... but if the chapter was responsible in any way in regards to either his BAC or attempt to get on the roof, the chapter needs to be shut down, plain and simple.
Dubbyaa

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Oct 30, 2007
I remember being in college. I did my share of pranks. I am so sorry. This is a tragedy and I feel for his family. Peace.
So What

Columbus, IN

#26 Oct 30, 2007
Think before you speak wrote:
The Good Book says, he that is without sin, cast the first stone.
It is pretty sad that some idiots here want to play the blame game. Remember, there was a 19 year old child lost... not who screwed up the property tax this year!
"The Good Book" also says that we should stone people to death who work on Sundays. If you really want to live your life according to the fiction in "The Good Book," you better get a lot of stones ready.
Tim

Newport, KY

#27 Oct 30, 2007
Dirty Harry wrote:
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Are you retarded? The building was locked. Why should the school be to blame for a student breaking in and falling to his death? Wouldn't common sense say that it was the students fault? It's not like the school forced to kid to break into the tunnel system, break into the building, climb to the roof and hop the fence. You sir are an idiot.
Common sense and our legal system have nothing to do with each other. You say he's an idiot and imply retardation. I'm quite sure he/she was speaking from the vantage point of the family or anyone else with something to gain from this. Will you call the family retarded when they collect their payout from this?
That Guy

Matteson, IL

#29 Oct 30, 2007
anon wrote:
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didn't Purdue shell out bucks to the family of the kid that got drunk and passed out in an off limits electrical room?
The door was unlocked. He did not break into the the place by going through a series of tunnels, breaking into a building, climbing on top of a roof, going over a guardrail, and forget about gravity... He opened an unlocked door and went inside, then his body was left for 2 months in the unlocked room. It is a different scenario.
RBS

Indianapolis, IN

#30 Oct 30, 2007
In looking back at my college experience, I cannot recount all of the times myself, my friends and those students around me put ourselves in situations which could have led to such a tragedy. This is not a reflection of character, but rather a lapse of judgement which must every college student has faced or will face. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Think before you speak

Indianapolis, IN

#31 Oct 30, 2007
So What wrote:
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"The Good Book" also says that we should stone people to death who work on Sundays. If you really want to live your life according to the fiction in "The Good Book," you better get a lot of stones ready.
Obviously, you do not know your history to well, do you? The point is not about stoning people, it's about being respectful to the student's family. You and all the other mindless idiots need to remember someone lost a love one. Please pray for their family as they go through this terrible time.
why

Indianapolis, IN

#32 Oct 30, 2007
Tim wrote:
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It's strange. This is the first Darwinism post I've seen on one of these forums... that actually makes sense! Usually people try to claim Darwinism for any random stupid act. For Darwinism to apply, the lesser fit being needs to remove himself/herself from the population. Yet when it actually applies, people see it as being in poor taste. I suppose they feel it's better to be misinformed.
Why be a jerk? I suppose you've never made a bad decision in your life? Be thankful that your family & friends are alive and okay today.

I wish people could have some perspective. Parents lost a child!!! Think about if this were your child. And remember how insensitive you were when you lose someone close to you. The pain is practically unbearable and it stays with you for a lifetiem.

If Darwinism is to rid the world of a "lesser being", I'd watch your step.
Dirty Harry

Duncan, OK

#33 Oct 30, 2007
Tim wrote:
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Common sense and our legal system have nothing to do with each other. You say he's an idiot and imply retardation. I'm quite sure he/she was speaking from the vantage point of the family or anyone else with something to gain from this. Will you call the family retarded when they collect their payout from this?
Maybe, but I'd definitely start by call the judge/jury who awards the family money retarded. It's like if someone breaks into your house, slips on a wet floor and then sues you. Similar situation.

You want to know one of the reasons tuition is so high? It's because schools have to pay high insurance costs because of frivolous lawsuits that result from these type of things.

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