In college, May usually brings graduation parties, senior pranks, alcohol-drenched traditions, finals-are-over celebrations and parties that spill out of houses onto wobbly wooden decks or out of apartments onto balconies. It’s a fun season — until someone gets hurt.
And, unfortunately, this weekend brought news of two such injuries.
On Friday afternoon, University of Texas at Austin students gathered at a busy intersection for an end-of-the-semester ritual that involves running across the street with foam swords. As the students prepared to charge, a freshman ran into the street and was hit by a city bus that reportedly ran a red light, according to an Austin television station. The student walked away from the impact and was later treated for minor injuries. And, of course, graphic videos of the crash are now circulating on the Internet.
Then on Saturday afternoon, a Colorado State University sophomore climbed to the roof of a three-story apartment building during a “mega pool party” and jumped, hitting the side of pool before falling into the water, according to a Fort Collins television station. That student is reportedly in critical condition with numerous broken bones. And, again, someone recorded a video of the gruesome fall.
So, over the next few weeks, please be careful. Seriously. Look both ways before crossing the street. Don’t jump from high places. Don’t challenge your friends to idiotic, high-risk dares that are better suited for reality TV than real life. Don’t throw bottles or start fights. Keep tabs on how much you and your friends are drinking, and don’t be afraid to slow down or sub in a cup filled with water. Always plan how you will get home safely. Always call 9-1-1 if you think someone might need help. And don’t think that you are invincible.
Okay, I’m done lecturing. Enjoy the rest of the school year!