Teen Dies In Accident

Teen Dies In Accident

There are 34 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 20, 2008, titled Teen Dies In Accident. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

To Smith Middle School Principal Donna Schilke, 13-year-old Kenneth Joyce had a smile that "could pull you in and brighten your day." Now the school community is mourning his loss after the eighth-grader died ...

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#1 Feb 21, 2008
How could you not even mention kenneths mom Pam in your article. All you talked about was his dad.
go figure

Hartford, CT

#2 Feb 21, 2008
Rose wrote:
How could you not even mention kenneths mom Pam in your article. All you talked about was his dad.
It's G-Bury thing. The father is a "promonent" Dr. Who cares. This article is about a 13 year old boy that died. It's sad that his life was cut so short. RIP
Mom of Teens

Broad Brook, CT

#3 Feb 21, 2008
My heart goes out to the family. This is such a sad story. Bring your family on a wonderful vacation and your youngest loses his life. I couldn't imagine the pain this family is going through. God bless them all.
Another Family Friend

Pueblo, CO

#4 Feb 21, 2008
For the record, Kenneth was the second youngest; his brother Jeffrey was the youngest. Regardless, the hurt and pain that the Joyce's must be going through is unfathomable, and I'm sure it would be appreciated if everyone said a prayer for them. God bless.
Rich Doyle

Chattanooga, TN

#5 Feb 21, 2008
I have four children. I just returned from skiing in Tahoe (Heavenly resort) two weeks ago (just the bride and myself) and witnessed a helicopter landing mid-mountain to take off an injured skier. While watching this, the locals told me the helicopter had been in the week before to take out a girl who eventually died from a tree hit. It’s a great sport but unfortunately the dangers of it are ignored. Skiing and snowboarding have been glamorized on television (Warren Miller movies) and in the general media. I enjoy the hype as much as anyone. However, there has to be a more aggressive and informative campaign to awaken skiers, especially younger skiers, to the real dangers of skiing and snowboarding. Unless they’ve witnessed an accident or suffered injuries themselves they are oblivious to the realities.

One morning at about 11:30 AM on a steep ‘blue run’ I witnessed a young snowboarder barreling down the slope with something in one hand and a beer in the other. Although it had a ‘free spirit’ appearance and caused a slight chuckle in me, I couldn’t help but think about the risk of him crashing into someone or going off trail into a tree or off a cliff. As a starter, I think the ski patrols need to tighten the rules up a little and I think that the mountain personnel should be required to post any occurrences of injury or death right in front of every lift to let people know just what might lie ahead if they are not careful.

Rich (53 and into living longer)

Rich Doyle

Chattanooga, TN

#6 Feb 21, 2008
Further comment to my earlier comment. I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. Our thoughts and prayers are with your child and your family.

Bethany, CT

#9 Feb 21, 2008
true american wrote:
wear a helmet
You idiot. Did you NOT read the article? He WAS wearing a helmet.

Prayers are with this boys family.
Plainville Citizen

Harwinton, CT

#10 Feb 21, 2008
This family is in my thoughts and prayers.
fruit fruit

Hartford, CT

#11 Feb 21, 2008
gettin down

Manchester, CT

#13 Feb 21, 2008
Rose wrote:
How could you not even mention kenneths mom Pam in your article. All you talked about was his dad.
Because the Courant stinks!!
Bless those involved.
RIP, little man.
Suburban Male

Fond Du Lac, WI

#14 Feb 21, 2008
true american wrote:
wear a helmet
He did--wish you didn't. No "true American" would say this.

United States

#15 Feb 21, 2008
I am feeling a terrible feeling.Kenneth was on my Lacrosse team and football team.He was a great friend and a great athlete.RIP Kenneth
we all love you
Kathy in Andover CT

Hebron, CT

#16 Feb 21, 2008
I was so sorry to hear the news of such a wonderful family vacation that turned tragic. My heart breaks for all of Kenneth's family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are sent their way in hopes that it helps them get through this horrible loss and sadness.

Meriden, CT

#17 Feb 21, 2008
Rose wrote:
How could you not even mention kenneths mom Pam in your article. All you talked about was his dad.
Somehow I doubt very much that the mom cares whether she was mentioned or not. I'm not sure why you would get annoyed at such an insignificant issue.

May Kenneth's parents, brothers and loved ones and friends take comfort in each other at this sad time, and may he rest in peace.
Ellie T

East Hampton, CT

#18 Feb 21, 2008
This is a tragic story but it is written more like the WHOSE WHO of Surgeons.

What about mentioning the grieving Mom (she does have a name, doesn't she?)

Not one of the best articles i have read in the COURANT.

Uncasville, CT

#19 Feb 21, 2008
Very sad. Also disappointing to read that someone else died at Keystone only 2 weeks ago; former ABC Newsman John McWethy died "of blunt force chest injuries after witnesses said he missed a turn on an intermediate trail."
Chris Poulin

United States

#20 Feb 21, 2008
I am still in disbelief about what has happend.Kenneth was very smart and he was also a very caring guy.
R.I.P. Kenneth we all miss you.
smith student anonomous

Glastonbury, CT

#21 Feb 21, 2008
Rest in peace Kenneth Joyce. You are deeply missed by everyone at smith.


#22 Feb 22, 2008
I was very saddened to hear of this . I can't even imagine as a parent what that family must be going through.
I know one of the brothers and what a lovley family and privite. Please everyone repect that. My god be with you. My thoughts and prayers to your family

Glastonbury, CT

#23 Feb 22, 2008
You guys are just writing responses because you are because you are sad. But you don't know how it feels to be the one that knows him. I go to smith middle school so I know him. I found out that he died when I was in vacationing. I was on a ski trip...=[. Whenever someone mentions his name I always think back on all the good times and cry. I miss him. He will always remain in a special place in my heart.

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