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Old 09-25-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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i just can't believe it.

i know i'm gonna catch a lotta crap about this one but i just can't help it.

this past weekend a teenager from my town was killed in an accident involving an ATV. fact is, i believe that it happened while participating in competition. this 13 yr old was also top ranked in the US in the sport, so he was an experienced driver.

i offer my condolences to the family and i am hugely sympathetic to their grief.

i am the last one who should question other people's parenting decisions for the most part but i cannot fail to be astounded once again that parents allow their children to drive these vehicles. my lord! would you let a 13 year old drive your car?

(and don't get sidetracked with the "my state lets 13 year olds drive" bit, ya'll know what i'm referring to. )

i just don't understand how anyone would let a 13 yr old (and i know they do it younger, even) on one of these vehicles.

i know it's wonderful that the child had the opportunity to express his inner drives and reach his potential and all, but i think that parents should understand how dangerous this sport is. why do they let their children drive these things, often even over very rough terrain?

i wish it wasn't so. but that's what i think. what do you think?
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yeah, I agree it's too dangerous. We had a young boy about the same age at our church have a serious accident on one about 4 years ago. Thankfully, he was not killed, but it was" touch and go" for awhile and he was very seriously injured with a long, long, arduous recovery because of his many injuries.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Understandable concerns expressed by the poster. However, I think we can find stories, of children getting hurt, or sometimes killed, participating in all sorts of activities: Swimming, hiking, roller blading, skate boarding, skiing etc - All potentially dangerous.

Life is a risk and, while unfortunate that this young man got killed, I cannot sit and blame the parents nor say the activities should be stopped.
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