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Monday, November 16, 2009

Send An Ambulance, Not The Police

Posted By on November 16, 2009, 10:34 AM

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A bunch of underage teens are drinking, one clearly drinks too much--as in gonna die, not gonna puke--but no one calls for an ambulance because they're too afraid to get an alcohol citation, get kicked out of school or get chewed out by their parents. ---

That's essentially what happened to Utah State University student Michael Starks. Starks was filed under the pre-written media narrative of "hazing is bad, m'kay?" but Starks' brother says his attention drifted from hazing to 911 Good Samaritan amnesty. The idea behind the proposed law is that Starks' college friends wouldn't have to worry about being arrested if they called to report Starks was dying. 

George Starks is collecting signatures to support a bill that would allow underage drinkers and illegal drug users to report their friends' ODs without fear of being arrested. 

They're collecting signatures to show support for 911-Good Samaritan law through Saturday. Go to to learn more.

This is a nice development, because telling young people that "hazing is bad" seems as useless and misguided as "don't give into peer pressure." There are millions examples of safe, fun, and playful hazing (no one ever died played a round of Spanking Machine [update: but don't use paddles!) just as there are millions of examples of young people's peers pressuring them to do good things. 

Do they still tell young kids "don't give in to peer pressure"?  I feel old even having to ask. 

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