Report issued in Purdue student's electrocution

A Purdue University student electrocuted in a utility vault at a residence hall Jan. Full Story
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WoW

San Francisco, CA

#1 Jul 2, 2007
"Because of the location, his body was not seen when the room was visually inspected during a search of the entire campus."

In other words...they just peeked in the room. They didn't even look in all of the corners, or behind any of the machinery. Very thorough.

These Purdue cops better get their stuff together and start doing their job. Especially now that half of the football team is composed of criminals.
oh yeah right

Reston, VA

#2 Jul 2, 2007
OK ... sad but not surprising. A drunk boy stuck his finger in a socket in a room where he was not supposed to be. It was a horrible accident - accident.
Common Sense

United States

#6 Jul 2, 2007
I find it difficult to place a majority of the fault on Purdue. It is impossible to drunk-proof a college campus. He was responsible for his own actions and the consequences resulting from those actions. Unfortunately, his actions resulted in the ultimate consequence.
lastrep

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 2, 2007
WoW wrote:
"Because of the location, his body was not seen when the room was visually inspected during a search of the entire campus."
In other words...they just peeked in the room. They didn't even look in all of the corners, or behind any of the machinery. Very thorough.
These Purdue cops better get their stuff together and start doing their job. Especially now that half of the football team is composed of criminals.
It's really a shame isn't it that Purdue didn't call on you to direct the search? In addition to your expertise at finding bodies, you could have helped choose players for the football team. Why are you wasting all your talent working at the car wash?
Hmmm

United States

#9 Jul 2, 2007
Student is drunk, breaks into a room.........liability of the school stopped when he started drnking, didn't it?
I wonder if this would have happened if he'd been smoking a cigarette before he broke in instead of drnking.
Had he been smoking a cigarette, would he have used poor judgemnt and broken into that room?
Does smoking impair a person's judgement like alcohol does?
I don't think so.
Scan

Culver City, CA

#10 Jul 2, 2007
But I thought the boy didn't drink?
noDuh

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Jul 2, 2007
This is certainly a tragedy. I hope PU doesn't have to pay out a settlement for this though. Everyone knows drunks have a tendency to do stupid things and end up getting hurt or hurting someone. When he chose to become intoxicated at late light parties, he chose to accept the risks of operating on less than a full deck of cards. Poor kid. Hopefully future students will either avoid compromising their mental state, or make appropriate plans to be sure they get home safely.
Hmmm

Akron, OH

#13 Jul 2, 2007
.... just as 99% of Purdue students expected.

Of course the fraternity is going to say he "wasnt intoxicated" and only "had one beer." They're covering their own tails. Its not like any frat guy watches a dude at the parties anyways. All they want is the drunk girls.
Old Fella

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jul 2, 2007
Fed Up wrote:
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Give me a break - Stupid is as stupid does. He was drunk. Why else would he stick his finger in a whole in a piece of equipment. I am very sorry for the family but put the blame where it belongs. He was not supposed to be in the room. I don't care if the door was locked or not.
What's the old saying"hey y'all watch this!"
The old saying "hey y'all watch this!" would seem to be used in a situation in which other people are around, not when you're by yourself trying to get into a building through the one unlocked door you can find.

I agree that some of the responsibility lies with him, but some of the responsibility also lies with the university - if a child, as opposed to a drunk, had stumbled into that room, I'm sure you'd be singing a different tune.

This was a tragic accident. But acting as if this guy got what he had coming is ridiculous - apparently you've never been drunk.
please

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 2, 2007
WoW wrote:
"Because of the location, his body was not seen when the room was visually inspected during a search of the entire campus."
In other words...they just peeked in the room. They didn't even look in all of the corners, or behind any of the machinery. Very thorough.
These Purdue cops better get their stuff together and start doing their job. Especially now that half of the football team is composed of criminals.
Please, just shut up...ignorant comment.
PU Student

United States

#17 Jul 2, 2007
I lived in the same dorm as Wade last year, and let me tell you, this was talked about constantly for months. Although it may seem inconclusive, this report does ease my mind a little bit. It further solidifies the assumption that it was an accident and not malicious intent...that counts for something right?
Finally

Pendleton, IN

#18 Jul 2, 2007
It is truley sad what happened to this kid. You send your child off to school hoping every day they are making the right choices. There was a lot a Purdue bashing going on when this first came out. Even folks that "knew" the kid claiming he didn't drink and wasn't drunk. Maybe this time the blogs won't be so incensitive and just let this alone. There is no way that a school can baby sit 20,000 kids a night. Nor should they have to. I'm sure that this news only hurts the kid's family that much more. But alas there will be quite a number of lifeless morons that will want to pile on with their mindless dribble. Before you hit that send key imagine it being a friend or child of yours. But if you really need to show your azzz that much, then better on here than someplace where you'd be held actually acountable.
this guy

Avon, IN

#19 Jul 2, 2007
Hmmm wrote:
.... just as 99% of Purdue students expected.
Of course the fraternity is going to say he "wasnt intoxicated" and only "had one beer." They're covering their own tails. Its not like any frat guy watches a dude at the parties anyways. All they want is the drunk girls.
what happened to being responsible for your own actions? why does it always have to be someone else's fault? this is a horrible tragedy and nothing should be blamed on anyone who wasn't at fault.
Survived College Intact

Vincennes, IN

#20 Jul 2, 2007
Good thing he didn't get into a car & drive off - the result could have been more than 1 death - then who would get blamed? I'm not sure how valuable the coat that he was trying to retreive from the dorm room way (from an article when the event first was discovered), but it certainly wasn't worth his life. I just fail to understand how people can blame Purdue - perhaps colleges need to look at more factors before deciding to admit some students. But how can you test common sense?
Huh

United States

#21 Jul 2, 2007
Hmmm wrote:
.... just as 99% of Purdue students expected.
Of course the fraternity is going to say he "wasnt intoxicated" and only "had one beer." They're covering their own tails. Its not like any frat guy watches a dude at the parties anyways. All they want is the drunk girls.
What in God's name are you talking about? Do you ramble like this to other human beings or just on the internet?
scott stout

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Jul 2, 2007
this is sick. i hope the boys family sues the university for major money. they are more concerned of covering their own butt than anything else. how sick.
Kevin

Fishers, IN

#23 Jul 2, 2007
So, let me get this straight... He climbed over a rail, went into a maintenance room, climbed over a cable, got into a corner, and stuck his finger into a hole in the wall? Even if it wasn't dangerous, it would have been pointless and silly.
For Sure

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Jul 2, 2007
So sad. Of course, drinking impairs your judgment. BUT -- the university had a LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY to keep that room locked. Why? Because it is clearly dangerous. Had that room been locked, Wade Steffey might still be alive. What if a couple of kids who were just screwing around (completely sober) had done the same thing? I believe that more of the blame should be placed on Purdue. It's no secret that college kids drink. Universities know this. The university should be doing everything in its power to keep its students safe. In this case, someone obviously forgot to cross a "t" and dot an "i" and a young man lost his life.
Joe

Chicago, IL

#25 Jul 2, 2007
Lesson to all: Don't drink and be stupid.
tom henry

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Jul 2, 2007
i must add this. the transformer they are talking about is nothing that you can just stick your finger into. there had to be parts missing from it for him to put his hand in there that far. there is one thing that electrical code does cover and that is local jurisdiction. so that is saying that purdue university can say that it is ok for parts to be missing. "in this instance"

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