Investigation continues into death of girl, 14, at Santa Rosa sleepover

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Investigation continues into death of girl, 14, at Santa Rosa sleepover
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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 11:20am

This is horribly sad, what do you think? Alcohol training in schools? How do we make kids more aware of the dangers?

Thanks in advance for your comments! ~Pat

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Investigation continues into death of girl, 14, at Santa Rosa sleepover

A 14-year-old Santa Rosa girl died early Sunday at a sleepover party after she and three of her friends drank an unknown substance mixed with soda and became violently ill, officials said. ...

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alchohol lessons

 

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There already is alcohol education in schools. My kids have had red ribbon weeks since first grade. Sometimes horrible things happen. That doesn't necessasarily mean there is a failure in the system.

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This hits close to home...I have a 14yo dd.

I don't think the issue is that kids aren't aware of the dangers, it's that they think they are invincible, that these things won't happen to them. It's tragic, but all we can do is keep the lines of communication open....and personally, I pray a lot!
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thats_fowl wrote:
This hits close to home...I have a 14yo dd.

I don't think the issue is that kids aren't aware of the dangers, it's that they think they are invincible, that these things won't happen to them. It's tragic, but all we can do is keep the lines of communication open....and personally, I pray a lot!

Yes you hit the nail on the head, they do believe they are invincible. 'Things happen to everyone else but not me.' I'm grateful that we made it through the teen years alive to tell the stories and if I'd have known then what I know now, I don't think I'd do it all again .. at least not the same.

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Good point. Plus today we hear world news daily so we're all more aware. There've been tragedies like this as long as there's been kids experimenting with alcohol, the difference is that now we all hear via social networking, news on the web etc.

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It does strike a chord when a tragedy happens to a child our child's age. My heart goes out to parents constantly.
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i'm not familiar with red ribbon week but my oldest went through D.A.R.E.

 

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We have red ribbon week here also.

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The DARE program is a joke. It has consistently been rated one of the least effective alcohol/drug use prevention programs, but it got a lot of hype when it first came out, so it's the one many schools around here use. I guess the bottom line is no program is going to prevent kids from doing stupid things--there has to be a combination of parent conversations, modeling of non-abusive alcohol use by adults in the home, and the desire on the part of the kid to make rational choices.

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My nieces used to do a hilarious rendition of the "7 ways to say no" they had learned in DARE. They are the most goody-two-shoe, clean-cut, super-nice kids I know and THEY thought DARE was completely ridiculous. I can only imagine what more savvy kids think of it.

"and the desire on the part of the kid to make rational choices."

That is a very good point. Many of the kids I know who do stupid stuff have never been given proper opportunities to make decisions. As a result they don't really know how.

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