The story about the death of Michael Philbin
(21) by drowning in the icy Tor River near
Oshkock, WI us very similiar to other deaths
of 7 students since 1997 in Wisconsin after
drinking events and parties who wndered off
intoxicated, fell into neqrby lakes and rivers,
The blood alcohol levels of these students
were not automatically made public. The
town meeting attendies in La Cross, WI
following these annual deaths believed the
police should identify or arrest the “serial”
killer responsible for these tragic deaths.
The police knew the cause of death and
recommended the town erect a fence along
the river’s death scenes.
The town refused that recommendation
infavor of the “serial killer” explaination. How
many more deaths must we accept in silence,
rather than publish the needed information
about the effects of alcohol binge drinking
on and near water and outdoor cold?
Education begins with information, the public
announcement of the BAC of those who
drowned must be a legal demand along with
public instruction in college newspapers and
local news reporting. Many parents try to
withhold the basic information to protect a
negative public image of their lost children
as reckless behavior. These children just
didn’t know the side effect of mixing swm-
ming with a high BACs is often death.