Accident victim Cheyenne Sauls rememb...

Accident victim Cheyenne Sauls remembered as happy, friendly

There are 106 comments on the Douglas County Sentinal story from Feb 25, 2011, titled Accident victim Cheyenne Sauls remembered as happy, friendly. In it, Douglas County Sentinal reports that:

Friends and family will be gathering today to say goodbye to Cheyenne Sauls, the 16-year-old Villa Rica High School sophomore killed over the weekend.

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Robin

Atlanta, GA

#1 Feb 25, 2011
I'm sorry but at what point are people going to lay blame on Cheyenne Sauls herself? SHE got into a car with someone she KNEW had been drinking, it was HER decision she knew what could happen. I'm sorry but the only thing the driver should be charged with is DUI. Kids need to take some responsibility for their OWN actions! If you get in a car with a driver who has been drinking you CAN DIE, if you're ok with that, then go ahead, don't blame someone else when you get hurt or in this case, she died. Whose fault? Hers. SHE could have prevented her own death. There are NO victims here, sorry.
NYC

Atlanta, GA

#2 Feb 25, 2011
The thing that gets me mad about this is the damn adults. What type of parent allows not only their teenage child to drink but others as well. Theses adults was knowingly giving these teenager alcohol. I think the adults involved should really serve some type of time not just a slap on the wrist and a fine. We need to really set an example that you can't mess around in Douglas County.
Mother

Peachtree City, GA

#3 Feb 25, 2011
Robin,
Do you have children? Do you have teenagers? At 16 you are still a child. You think nothing bad can ever happen to you at 16 or 17, some people all the way till 30 thing that they are invincible. The people responsible are the parents. It's our duty to educate our children about the evils of the world around us. I took my teenager out to the site. I wanted him to see the broken glass, the dried blood, the skid marks. I wanted him to see that life is precious and that it can be gone in a split second. That little girl wasn't thinking about she could die when she got in that car...she was thinking about having fun with her friends. May she rest in peace and may God watch over her family at this time.
Robin

Atlanta, GA

#4 Feb 25, 2011
Mother wrote:
Robin,
Do you have children? Do you have teenagers? At 16 you are still a child. You think nothing bad can ever happen to you at 16 or 17, some people all the way till 30 thing that they are invincible. The people responsible are the parents. It's our duty to educate our children about the evils of the world around us. I took my teenager out to the site. I wanted him to see the broken glass, the dried blood, the skid marks. I wanted him to see that life is precious and that it can be gone in a split second. That little girl wasn't thinking about she could die when she got in that car...she was thinking about having fun with her friends. May she rest in peace and may God watch over her family at this time.
Yes, I DO have a 17 yr old and a 19 yr old and it does NOT change my opinion. Just because she was 16, she was old enough to know BETTER! She wasn't an infant! At some point these kids have to be accountable FOR THEMSELVES!!!! AND the driver wasn't thinking he could KILL anyone either, he was just thinking he was having fun with his friends...It goes BOTH ways, thank you.
Robin

Atlanta, GA

#5 Feb 25, 2011
May God ALSO watch over the family of the DRIVER Jason Lark, as they are ALSO going thru a lot, it is heartwrenching I"M SURE to see your child facing such serious charges and going to jail! No one forced her to get in that car. She did it willingly. It may sound harsh, but damn people are looking for someone to blame. Why can't teenagers be responsible for themselves? She made a bad choice, one in which she KNEW what the outcome COULD be.
Beverly

Atlanta, GA

#6 Feb 25, 2011
I happen to agree with Robin. It's tragic, but the teenage girl should have known better and should shoulder some of the blame.
Robin

Marietta, GA

#7 Feb 25, 2011
Beverly wrote:
I happen to agree with Robin. It's tragic, but the teenage girl should have known better and should shoulder some of the blame.
Thank You! A 16 yr. old knows exactly what they are doing and what can happen.
NYC

Atlanta, GA

#8 Feb 25, 2011
Wait a second!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know about putting all the blame on the teenagers involved. What about the adults houses they went to. Theses adults knowingly served alcohol do underage teenagers. I'm sorry people but there is no way I would let teenagers knowingly let teenagers drink in my home. It be one thing if they did it behind my back. But that was not the case here. These ill responsible adults gave it to them. In my opinion the adults should serve way more time than Jason Lark.

This is a good example on why as parents we shouldn't meet the parents of our children friend. How many times have we heard so and so parents are going to be there. Its time for parents to parents and not their kids friend.
sand hill

Cumming, GA

#9 Feb 25, 2011
Robin wrote:
I'm sorry but at what point are people going to lay blame on Cheyenne Sauls herself? SHE got into a car with someone she KNEW had been drinking, it was HER decision she knew what could happen. I'm sorry but the only thing the driver should be charged with is DUI. Kids need to take some responsibility for their OWN actions! If you get in a car with a driver who has been drinking you CAN DIE, if you're ok with that, then go ahead, don't blame someone else when you get hurt or in this case, she died. Whose fault? Hers. SHE could have prevented her own death. There are NO victims here, sorry.
You should be ashamed of yourself. This girl does not even have the dirt covering her grave yet and you are talking like this. This was a child you are speaking about. Wait unitl something happens to someone close to you and see how fast you go to the police and demand justice. Karma is a bitch lady!
Robin

Atlanta, GA

#10 Feb 25, 2011
sand hill wrote:
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You should be ashamed of yourself. This girl does not even have the dirt covering her grave yet and you are talking like this. This was a child you are speaking about. Wait unitl something happens to someone close to you and see how fast you go to the police and demand justice. Karma is a bitch lady!
Well I am NOT ashamed of myself, everyone needs to stop putting the blame on EVERYONE else except the ONE person who could have preveneted it more than anyone....Cheyenne herself. That is where the problem BEGINS. When my kids do something wrong, I don't blame anyone but THEM!! It's unfortuante she had to die, YES. But ultimately it's sad that it was her own fault. Let it be a lesson to all stupid teenagers, that YOU can put YOURSELF in a position TO DIE!!
Smith

Eutawville, SC

#11 Feb 25, 2011
sand hill wrote:
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You should be ashamed of yourself. This girl does not even have the dirt covering her grave yet and you are talking like this. This was a child you are speaking about. Wait unitl something happens to someone close to you and see how fast you go to the police and demand justice. Karma is a bitch lady!
It really seems unfair to me that you would wish such pain on anyone especially for having a difference of opinion than yours.

At some point our children stopped believing there were consequences for their actions and way to many of us are in the NOT MY CHILD MODE did anyone pay a bit of attention to the hour at which this accident occured (Douglas County has a curfew)or that the young man driving was already facing charges for an incident earlier in the week at his high school.(But he was out of his home doing what ever he choose hence no parenting) There has only been one child that was in that car that has been cleared from drinking and obviously wearing his seat belt (but not driving and why) there were 5 people in that car not just one or two. We had a collective amount of BAD DECSION making going on here and obviously not one of them strong enough to say no parents included. I agree with Robin that these young people are as responsible for their own decisions. I have a 19 year old daughter and 21 year old son both of which have been faced with similar decsions thankfully they both choose to call me instead of taking the same risk in getting in the car with someone who was obviously impaired. I pray that I am as lucky the next time but as to the young man driving he did not force anyone in to that car or to participate in any one event that took place that night.

You are right that the child has just been laid to rest but the facts remain the same.

So many families are in such an emmense amount of pain right now that my heart hurts just thinking of them stop batting it out here and sit down with your teens tell them NO, ground them for the wrongs they do, love them support them and stand by them when they face the very hard consequences of making life changing decsions and pray you never never have to experience this first hand and for god sakes never wish or express that kind of KARMA on anyone....

To all of the family memebers friends and communities that have been so hurt in this I wish you much strength and courage to get thru each minute that will come with this you are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
Robin

Marietta, GA

#12 Feb 25, 2011
Smith wrote:
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It really seems unfair to me that you would wish such pain on anyone especially for having a difference of opinion than yours.
At some point our children stopped believing there were consequences for their actions and way to many of us are in the NOT MY CHILD MODE did anyone pay a bit of attention to the hour at which this accident occured (Douglas County has a curfew)or that the young man driving was already facing charges for an incident earlier in the week at his high school.(But he was out of his home doing what ever he choose hence no parenting) There has only been one child that was in that car that has been cleared from drinking and obviously wearing his seat belt (but not driving and why) there were 5 people in that car not just one or two. We had a collective amount of BAD DECSION making going on here and obviously not one of them strong enough to say no parents included. I agree with Robin that these young people are as responsible for their own decisions. I have a 19 year old daughter and 21 year old son both of which have been faced with similar decsions thankfully they both choose to call me instead of taking the same risk in getting in the car with someone who was obviously impaired. I pray that I am as lucky the next time but as to the young man driving he did not force anyone in to that car or to participate in any one event that took place that night.
You are right that the child has just been laid to rest but the facts remain the same.
So many families are in such an emmense amount of pain right now that my heart hurts just thinking of them stop batting it out here and sit down with your teens tell them NO, ground them for the wrongs they do, love them support them and stand by them when they face the very hard consequences of making life changing decsions and pray you never never have to experience this first hand and for god sakes never wish or express that kind of KARMA on anyone....
To all of the family memebers friends and communities that have been so hurt in this I wish you much strength and courage to get thru each minute that will come with this you are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
I couldn't have said it better myself! I'm not one to sugar coat things, and this is no exception. Just like you said, the facts remain the same, whether it's now or a month from now...I only pray there are some sensible people in the jury pool.
hmmm

AOL

#13 Feb 25, 2011
Well my family and I were in a lot of pain and suffering, that lead to a life threating situation, which caused more pain and suffering, and good ole Todd had the power to change things before it got out of hand, but he chose to lie and did nothing but help the WRONG people. He made the wrong decisions then, like he did now. Must be a history with him.

Moe
hmmm

AOL

#14 Feb 25, 2011
Robin wrote:
<quoted text> I couldn't have said it better myself! I'm not one to sugar coat things, and this is no exception. Just like you said, the facts remain the same, whether it's now or a month from now...I only pray there are some sensible people in the jury pool.
I will be there Todd. Everyday I can. You can count on that.
Curious

Denver, CO

#15 Feb 25, 2011
According to Trina Coss, "The doctors say that her son had not been drinking" (found the quote on another article), so if that is the case, then why would he not be the one to drive? It seems there are many questions to be answered and lies being told to prevent having to take blame. It is clear that all were old enough to make responsible decisions, but failed to do so. As for the adults being charged...before you assume they knew all that was going on, the facts should be verified. Being a teacher in Douglas County, I hear students talk all the time of irresponsible behavior, such as drinking alcohol, and their parents never knowing. It is sad and unfortunate, but not time for pointing fingers!
Moe

AOL

#16 Feb 25, 2011
Curious wrote:
According to Trina Coss, "The doctors say that her son had not been drinking" (found the quote on another article), so if that is the case, then why would he not be the one to drive? It seems there are many questions to be answered and lies being told to prevent having to take blame. It is clear that all were old enough to make responsible decisions, but failed to do so. As for the adults being charged...before you assume they knew all that was going on, the facts should be verified. Being a teacher in Douglas County, I hear students talk all the time of irresponsible behavior, such as drinking alcohol, and their parents never knowing. It is sad and unfortunate, but not time for pointing fingers!
Man up and tell the truth dude. Whatever the truth may be. The truth shall set you free.
NYC

Douglasville, GA

#17 Feb 25, 2011
Curious wrote:
According to Trina Coss, "The doctors say that her son had not been drinking" (found the quote on another article), so if that is the case, then why would he not be the one to drive? It seems there are many questions to be answered and lies being told to prevent having to take blame. It is clear that all were old enough to make responsible decisions, but failed to do so. As for the adults being charged...before you assume they knew all that was going on, the facts should be verified. Being a teacher in Douglas County, I hear students talk all the time of irresponsible behavior, such as drinking alcohol, and their parents never knowing. It is sad and unfortunate, but not time for pointing fingers!
Actually we do know the adults knew was going on. The grandfather of one of the teens already admitted as much. He knowingly gave teenagers alcohol. And why would anyone think teens who choose to drink at all will then make a responsible decision not to drink and drive or not to get into a car with someone who was drinking. One would think that if the was responsible they would not have been drinking in the 1st place.
Kim

United States

#18 Feb 25, 2011
I pray that God comfort the Sauls family, and all the families and persons involved. This is tragic to many, its not a time for name calling and ignorance. I am sure much prayer for strength for all effected would be more of an incouragement at this time. Thanks.
smith

Dallas, GA

#19 Feb 25, 2011
I wanted to add one last thing I have a huge amount of respect for Mr. Sauls. Even in his heart break and grief he addressed the media and the students of Villa Rica he stated very clearly that his daughter made a bad decision and she paid the ultimate price. That if no one learned from this horrible event then her death was in vain.
Mr. Sauls,
My children and I have spent alot of time thinking of your dauhter and family over the past week and we have had many difficult conversations because of what has happened. Maybe because we are from the tri-counties and it was so close to home maybe because your beautiful daughter reminded us each of someone we love and are close to, for me as a parent watching your courage in sharing your honesty and pain on the evening news. Whatever the reason. I know two young adults/children that opened up to me about things that they may never have shared and new choices have been put in place because of this horrible loss for your family and the other families involved. It was not in vain and if it is any consolation at all there are 3 people in this that made a commitment to eachother to remember this and her each time that choice is faced. I know its not much but it only takes a few drops to start a flood. My children are still finding their own way but some how the light that was brought to the reality of their lifes was one that shined very brightly and with purpose.
Sincerely
The Smith Family
Sandra Barber Rabern

Villa Rica, GA

#20 Feb 25, 2011
Please be carefull,we all live in glass houses and it is a shame to throw stones at each other.With very few exceptions teenagers and young people tend to experiment,maybe not all but most.I am a Grandmother now,but when I was younger I was sometimes foolish,and I did some stupid things.Allmost everyone who is honest can say that their life has been imperfect.And allmost everyone can look back and wish they had been perfect.Only very few of us can look back and say,I lived a very perfect life!I allways have questions in my mind,whenever anyone says that.Because I have had enough life experiences to know,that we can not live a perfect life here on this earth.Only Jesus walked on this earth without sin.This is the honest truth.I know the Sauls family.They are the best, most loving and caring family that I know.Allways very dedicated to giving their Children the very best training possible.Not only concerned about their own Children and Grandchildren,but also The Sauls family is concerned about the Children throughout the West Ga.area,Trying to protect and provide recreation and safety and making life better for this county and all the surrounding counties through coaching sports,and just loving West Ga kids.My heart hurts for them,also I feel for everyone of these Teenagers and young people involved in this tragic and heartbreaking accident.I fear that healing will take a very long time here in West Georgia.I pray all the young people will take a lesson and learn from this tragedy.May God bless you all during your sorrow and time of healing. You are all in my prayers.

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