Various news reports – a whole slew of them actually – mention her by name, so we feel like we no longer have to do that as well. Her passing undoubtedly brought unthinkable pain to her parents and those who care for her, and we do realize that the last thing that they need is yet another feature with her name on it.
But then again, the very nature of the things that we share with our readers necessitate the sharing of the alleged reason behind this tragedy – in the hopes that her story will serve as a wake-up call to teenagers who may be leading the same kind of life she led. And maybe her death will not be in vain.
She reportedly kicked off her shoes and climbed onto a window ledge, digital camera in hand; it was perhaps an attempt to capture for posterity the picturesque view that is New York City at night. What teenager will let that photo op pass, with the technology that is available to them? That, however, was something that was dangerous to do – more so if one is intoxicated.
An online journal of sorts shares her “wild side” to the world wide web; a life of parties and fake IDs, of long island iced teas and pills like Xanax and Ambien. It is a reality that is unfortunately not unique to just her; there are undoubtedly others out there who live that way too.
This is yet another proof that there is so much that needs to be done to protect our children and keep them out of harm’s way. May this tragedy deter other children for straying from the straight and narrow – and touch the consciences of those who made it possible.