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Criminal Charges to be Filed in Clemson Drinking Death

There are 28 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jan 29, 2008, titled Criminal Charges to be Filed in Clemson Drinking Death. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

The prosecutor's office said Tuesday evening that criminal charges will be filed in connection with last month's death at a fraternity house of a Clemson University student who died with an alcohol level more ...

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Columbia, SC

#22 Jan 30, 2008
Newberry wrote:
I didn't have my first taste of alcohol 'til I was almost 22 years-of-age so it's never been any kind of "factor" in my life.
Let's just let all of these kids drink alcohol as minors since it's "the thing" to do so that when they're 30 and are drunks, have lost lots of jobs not to mention a spouse, respect of their children and community, etc. we can just say "we all go through was just more on him than normal"!
How enlightend you are ... I guess you have life all figured out, and clearly you must be right... everyone who drinks alcohol in college is jumping on the Hell Express. I suppose the idea of teaching responsible drinking to our children is out of the question. I certainly cannot speak for all the rest of us mere mortals, but in my humble opinion, much of the problem with college drinking stems from the fact that it is forbidden fruit. We are telling them to take on the accountability of an adult but we don't want them to know about alcohol. This contradiction creates a lot of confusion and experimentation that occasionally leads to sad cases like this.

This is a tragic case.

Summerville, SC

#23 Jan 30, 2008
SlowDream wrote:
That Patel kid should be deported.
That's odd. You don't know where he's from.

Syracuse, NY

#24 Jan 30, 2008
MSB wrote:
I'm only surprised that more young people don't die of alcohol poisoning. Make no mistake, drinking is the #1 activity of college students and that fact should come as no shock to anyone. Don't zero in on the fraternity - collegiates will drink anywhere at any time, and getting drunk is their purpose for drinking. Have you ever been to Five Points on a Thursday - Saturday night? How about the Vista? It's Yahoo City around here all the time so don't act so da*m surprised when someone drinks himself into oblivion. Greek life has nothing to do with it - it's what ALL college students do!(Oh, yeah, I know someone's going to write in and say THEY never took a drink in their life. Well, good for you but you weren't the norm.)
That is not what ALL college students do. I know plenty of students, including myself, that don't go out and drink to get wasted. We may have a drink or two, but that is not the purpose of going out. Making generalizations just makes you sound like an uneducated idiot!

West Columbia, SC

#25 Jan 30, 2008
This should be a lesson learned. This happens all the time and unless a family fights it, normally, nothing happens to the people responsible for buying the alcohol. Unfortunately, the young man made the choice to drink, but the 3 gentlemen sure made it easy to make that decision.

Bakersfield, CA

#26 Jan 31, 2008
You are correct in that no one had a gun pointed to his head but what happens when someone that is drunk and wrecks their car and someone in their car dies from the wreck that was not drunk? Even though the person that died did not have a gun to their head to get in the car the driver would be charged with the death. The fact is the person that died was under 21 and those who were involved with their death need to be punished.
Take responsibility wrote:
Spud: Nobody had a gun to his head. Somebody else bought the alcohol, but he made the decision to drink it. If the defendants hadn't bought the liquor, he would have found another way to get it. Sad, but it's nobody's fault but his own.

Sumter, SC

#27 Jan 31, 2008
Take responsibility wrote:
Spud: Nobody had a gun to his head. Somebody else bought the alcohol, but he made the decision to drink it. If the defendants hadn't bought the liquor, he would have found another way to get it. Sad, but it's nobody's fault but his own.

Since: Sep 07

Easley, South Carolina

#28 Jan 31, 2008
Why is it that people like to point the finger at a kids parent when they do wrong? I am scratching my head on this one. "If their parents would have done a better job raising their kid this would have never happened" get REAL. Number one, I am quite sure that this kid was not in the presence of his parents. Kids do STUPID things, regardless of how well their parents brought them up. They get to an age where their parents cant "keep track" of their every move. And kids are prone to peer pressure, hell, ALOT of adults are as well. This kid knew the dangers, he was willing to take the risk, unfortunately it ended his life, but that does not at all make it his parents fault. Point the finger at the kid, NOT HIS PARENTS, that is absurd.

Saudi Arabia

#29 Nov 10, 2008
It's unfortunate he died and we can would've, should've, could've all we want but the fact that colleges and frat houses around the country don't consider drinking a problem or worse, a rite of passage for young people to get through college. Until drinking is considered a problem by all, we will continue to ask what could have been done and not what should we do.
Enforce the laws on the books. Hold all accountableand, as in rape cases, hold passave and active participants accounable under the law. You can't watch someone kill themselves and expect not to be held accountable even if you are a colleges student.

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