Tragedy vs. Stupidity

May 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm (Misc)

This post is going to be a little off the wall, but I on a topic that I feel really strongly about. In a recent news story here in Edmonton, a 14 year old girl died due to an ecstasy overdose. I will be the first one to admit that this is truly sad, but the way the girl is portrayed is what really hits me. In the news article, the girl is called a “victim”….I might be in the minority on this one, but any 14 year old who does drugs knows full well the consequences of what they are doing. It may seem calloused on my part, but I think that she is only a victim of her own stupidity; especially after reading that she took six ecstasy tablets, a large dose for anyone let alone a 14 year old female.

This whole story is just a micro-chasm of the world we live in today: blame others before we blame ourselves. We make choices everyday that positively or negatively affect the people around us; this young lady made the choice to ingest a dangerous drug, and thus has paid the consequences. The death of young person is always tragic, but is she really a victim of the drug itself? I don’t think she is. We as a people need to start taking responsibility for our actions and stop blaming this things around us that make this actions possible.

Sorry if this post seems a bit random and/or cruel, but it really just struck a nerve with me. If you have an opinion on this story, or my stance on it, please feel free to leave a comment.

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3 Comments

  1. abby said,

    I totally agree with you. She was the one who took the drugs- no one forced her to.

  2. Ruth said,

    I didn’t read the news stories, but if I may play devil’s advocate, perhaps they were portraying her as a victim of something other than the drug– peer pressure, how easy it is for a 14-year-old to obtain illegal drugs, etc… I absolutely agree, she should have known better than to take six ecstasy pills, but the really tragic part is WHY she did it. Also, minors are almost always victims in the news, no matter the circumstances– the prevailing idea is that before you turn 18, you have no control over your actions (statutory rape is a perfect example). This is an example of yet another story the news media have made as sensational as possible. It wouldn’t be as good a story if it weren’t such a tragedy, right? Good post!

  3. Robert said,

    Everyone knows that you never take more than 5! Just another Darwin Award nominee.

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