Five Pacific Grove High students inju...

Five Pacific Grove High students injured when stolen car runs o...

There are 215 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Feb 22, 2010, titled Five Pacific Grove High students injured when stolen car runs o.... In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Five Pacific Grove teenagers were injured, three of them seriously, after the stolen car they were riding in ran off the road in Skyline Forest early Sunday morning, police reported.

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sickwit

Yonkers, NY

#1 Feb 22, 2010
Thank god these kids were not killed nor did they kill anyone else. Now its time to pay the consequences.....
Dave

Salinas, CA

#2 Feb 22, 2010
Just saw someone down that cliff looking around. Bet they dropped something
Kevin

Monterey, CA

#3 Feb 22, 2010
Not really feeling much sympathy (certainly not grief counselor worthy) for kids joyriding around in a stolen car, drinking, and crashing in the early hours of a Sunday morning. I'm glad that they didn't hurt someone else with their stupidity, but I do hope they are all relatively ok and the parents/teachers/grief counselors don't miss the chance to teach them a valuable life lesson if they haven't already learned it.
Oldschool

San Diego, CA

#5 Feb 22, 2010
Rumor has it that one of the kids (not the driver of course) was paralyzed, so they may have learned a very expensive lesson. I hope they all recover and realize how stupid and irresponsible they were. Having had teens of my own and hearing what goes on, at least in part, it's a wonder that we don't lose a carload each and every weekend around here.

My prayers will go out for them, and I pray they both recover, and smarten up dramatically.
Steve

Risingsun, OH

#6 Feb 22, 2010
How ironic this story comes out along with the letter to the editor "Can our teen drink at parties?" in which a mother feels its acceptable to let her son drink underage at parties because he doesn't drink as much as everyone else. It doesn't take much alcohol to effect the undeveloped mind of teenager and result in making poor choices, like getting behind the wheel of a car or even riding in car with someone under the influence. The school can bring in all the counselors they want, but its the parents who need to spend more time raising their kids and less time trying to be their friend.

I moved to Monterey a couple of years ago and was shocked to see how much rampant drug and alcohol abuse exists in the local highschools. Even more shocking was how many parents either turn a blind eye, or in some cases even condone and assist their teens in obtaining alcohol or prescription medications.

I hope their is an in depth investigation into where these kids were drinking and who provided the alcohol.
Steve

Tempe, AZ

#7 Feb 22, 2010
I think most of these posts were very cold hearted and not necessary. granted this was an irresponsible act by teenagers and everyone should learn from this but dont go posting how you dont feel sympathy for various reasons. not like it helps but it wasnt like these kids went and stole a random vehicle cause they were drunk....they were at a party and took one of their friends car home. i am not trying to justify what they did but slow your roll with the comments cause im sure family members and friends might read these and they have had enough to deal with.
Kevin

Monterey, CA

#8 Feb 22, 2010
Steve wrote:
I think most of these posts were very cold hearted and not necessary. granted this was an irresponsible act by teenagers and everyone should learn from this but dont go posting how you dont feel sympathy for various reasons. not like it helps but it wasnt like these kids went and stole a random vehicle cause they were drunk....they were at a party and took one of their friends car home. i am not trying to justify what they did but slow your roll with the comments cause im sure family members and friends might read these and they have had enough to deal with.
Sorry, but the 18 year old Mr. Corn is considered an adult, and with adulthood comes responsibility and consequences, putting your loved ones through the "emotional ringer", or putting your friends in danger, or even jeopardizing the safety of the public go far beyond "irresponsible".
Is this for real

United States

#9 Feb 22, 2010
Unfortunately, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Parents need to review their own behavior and realize kids are like parrots.
Random Thought

San Francisco, CA

#11 Feb 22, 2010
It would've been better to call your parents for a ride and get grounded than deal with the aftermath of this. This is exactly what I tell my daughter. I'll be sharing this story with her.
Michael

Salinas, CA

#12 Feb 22, 2010
Yes, thank God that no one else was hurt. I cannot speak for all the kids, but I know the girl(known her since she was 8) personally, she is a good friend of my daughter. She is not a bad child, in fact she is a stellar child, one that any parent would be proud to call their daughter. So all of you with your negative comments need to think twice about what you say. YOUR WORDS HURT! We all make mistakes (and I'm 100% positive you have), so don't be so quick to judge.
Chris

San Diego, CA

#13 Feb 22, 2010
stay strong guys
No Remorse

Millbrae, CA

#14 Feb 22, 2010
Sorry, don't tell me how to feel. These kids behaved foolishly, irresponsibly, irrationally, immaturely, unlawfully, and without regard for others. Sorry they injured themselves, sorry they put themselves in this situation. Their actions will have long standing results that will impact their lives in the long term. The bottom line is that they don't know right from wrong and let them suffer the consequences of their actions. Please don't tell me how to feel about their IRRESONSIBILITY because I don't feel sorry for them. Its unfortunate that individuals got hurt but they did it to themselves by putting themselves in the situation.
Teachable moment

United States

#15 Feb 22, 2010
Perhaps the Carmel superintendent (Biasotti) would like to use this as a teachable moment?
Steve

Tempe, AZ

#16 Feb 22, 2010
Okay then instead of me telling you how to feel cause you obviously dont care. How about no one needs or cares about your negative thoughts, what if this was your child and people like you were saying how stupid they were? Even if they were stupid it is only hurting the friends and family members. you are the one that doesnt know right from wrong, because it is not right to bad mouth these kids when they obviously know they made a mistake. im sure you being from oakland know that very well.
Rob

Marina, CA

#17 Feb 22, 2010
I realize that those of you who do not know most of these kids will just file your opinions to: Irresponsible Teenagers. The fact is, at least one or more of these teens were great kids, and very well coveted in they're high school and community.
As for the driver, It appears that the 18 year old Mr. Corn is a third strike offender and apparently was the thief of the said vehicle.
As for the minor that was said to be paralyzed, this child is what most parents would want for a teenager. Very attentive at school, work and in the community. I have to believe that some of these kids had no idea what they were getting themselves into. But, lets be real parents, that's what happens when our children drink and drive!
I hope that regardless of which side of the fence you are on, that you pray for all of these children, for if it was your child, you would want the same!
Lolabug77

Marina, CA

#18 Feb 22, 2010
Hey I'm a current senior at PGHS and being a small school everyone knows everyone. School today was very gloomy, I having some senior only classes was very sad many people new the young girl in this acciedent and yes she is believed to be paralyzed at this moment. She was very very talented dancer and had a very bright future infront of her. she has worked very hard, started dancing lessons since she was 4.I personally went with the grief counselor. Now with all the senior activities coming about like senior breakfast, senior Disneyland trip,senior prom, and graduating it's gonna hurt not to have her there. But she's a strong girl and I'm very hopeful. It does get me kind of sad to read all these negative comments especially when it's about a great friend like her but I respect all of your judgements. Get well soon you guys.. Prayers and thoughts to all of you.
Michael

Salinas, CA

#19 Feb 22, 2010
What these kids need is for us all to PRAY for them, not condemn them. Once again, have a heart. Show compassion for the parents who are suffering, and the life altering situation that is happening to them and their children.
Matt San Jose

Chico, CA

#20 Feb 22, 2010
These kids got what they deserved. There has to be something more entertaining than stealing cars and drinking and driving. They are very lucky that they did not injure any innocent by standers. I have visited the Monterey area recently and the roads in Skyline Forest are hard enough to navigate let alone drunk. These teenagers should have learned by now that drinking and driving don't mix. There have been a lot of accidents in the Corral De Tierra and Salinas areas due to teenagers drinking and driving. How many dead/ seriously injured teenagers is it going to take to teach kids a lesson? I hope my kids are smarter than this.
Rob

Marina, CA

#21 Feb 22, 2010
Did most of you (No Remorse) forget when you were a teenager? Things happen and you just have to hope that our children make it through there learning curve. We parents believe that most situations need to be experienced by the teen because they will not listen to their parents. Unfortunately, this is not the the type of situation that we would like our children to experience on their own. Agreed?
As, for these unfortunate accident teens, please save your negative comments and pray for the best.
Some may never be the same.
Rob

Marina, CA

#23 Feb 22, 2010
Though I don't condone the actions of these teens, I have to guess that some of these negative comments come from non parents. We all understand that all of these kids used the wrong judgment, but lets not forget that they are teens that we are trying to teach good judgment. As you recall when you were a teen, that wasn't easy.
As I stated, The Corn teen apparently stole the vehicle at a party, and was the driver when this happened. Plus, he is a third time offender and sustained serious head trama. His prognosis is unsure. But none the less, he may be a large cause of this incident, but I feel for his family and love ones.

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