Perhaps if we didn't demonize alcohol and present it in such a forbidden fashion to young people (which, lets face it, makes them want it more), this wouldn't be such a problem.
Many countries in Europe don't even have a legal drinking age yet their underage drinking issues are not nearly as bad as ours.
And for the record, it is relatively difficult to obtain alcohol as a minor. It is much easier to buy illegal drugs as a teenager than it is to buy a six pack of beer.
I thought the 10:30 curfew was instituted to prevent thugs from hanging out at night and shooting people who contribute to society and whose lives are actually worth something. Why are we trying to challenge that policy?
They should just take him to the back and club him in the head. Tax dollars saved.
Brick and mortars can suck it. As history has shown, Amazon will simply sever all connections with the state and peace out as it has done in California, taking all the jobs with them. This is one of the very few companies (Apple also comes to mind) that solidly delivers on customer service, as opposed to the incompetent employees at the local yellow and blue electronics chain. These other companies have had over 10 years to refine their business models and have failed to do anything more than sit with their thumbs up their backsides. Let the brick and mortars fall. Good riddance.
What I don't get is why this girl, who has a boyfriend, is sleeping on a train track "embraced" with another dude to begin with. Plenty of official comments were made stating that the two were not dating. Regardless of whether or not they were high/tripping/drunk, why would they be in that position to begin with if they were only friends and nothing more? I would be pissed if I heard my girlfriend was doing that with another guy. that's just something you don't do with "just a friend." For any hetero males following this forum, would you EVER be caught falling asleep in the "embraces" of one of your guy friends for any reason? I don't think so. There's a lot more to this story than they're revealing.
Thanks to rosebud for pointing out the latest article in the chattanoogan: a perfect example of eloquence masking ignorance. That story is just as speculative, if not more so, than the theories proposed on these discussion boards. I don't buy it.
Agreed with andystaab. I've been ashamed of the human race for as long as I can remember, though it's hilarious seeing people throwing the god/jesus card, then making a violent declaration against someone who has a different opinion. Isn't there something about turning the other cheek in the bible? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
I think the opinions in this discussion are all valid. From my point of view, I'm very curious about what actually happened on those tracks for the sake of myself and my friends; if a serial killer who likes to clobber people and lay them across train tracks is roaming the city, it'd be kinda nice to know such information.
My vote is for drugs. A 19 and 27 year old hanging out on train tracks in the early morning by a farm- I'd bet on a hallucinogen like LSD or mushrooms.
If they were indeed standing upright on the tracks, then they must have had sufficient motor control of their bodies to have the ability to take a few steps to the side to avoid an oncoming train, ruling out drugs like alcohol, GHB, or marijuana. PCP is a possibility, but pretty unlikely for a pair of upper middle class white kids.
Acid or shrooms, on the other hand, could totally explain why a person could completely ignore (or even find fascinating) a massive train coming right for them.