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10:34 AM on 03/04/2012
I feel sorry for the parents of the teen who died but their daughter lied to them. They trusted her and she betrayed them paying with her life. I am sorry but parents have to be very proactive during their children's teen years. I would do anything to save my children from the evils that surround them even if they hated me for it.

I wish parents would stop allowing sleep overs because this is another time when things can happen especially if poorly supervised. When they were teenagers I did not just take my children's word as to where they were going and who they would be with. I double checked and even eavesdropped on their conversations. They got angry with me many times but they are alive and grew up to be wonderful, successful adults who still love me. They even say that that they will be even stricter on their children than I was with them. I am glad the teen years are over for me but one day I will worry about my grandchildren and I pray that they will be safe.
10:30 AM on 03/04/2012
I guess you can't cover ALL bases with kids huh? Millions have done it but this poor kid got caught out. Sad. For all you kids out there...Anything which goes into your lungs, keeps oxygen out. Without oxygen you die, period.
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10:19 AM on 03/04/2012
Parents let a 14 year old just leave the house?
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10:16 AM on 03/04/2012
The 27 year old needs to be arrested.
10:16 AM on 03/04/2012
The point made inthe article about assessing risk is relevant. A recent WSJ articl about a month ago sites brain map studies that demonstrate that in todays children, the synaptic mapping in regions of the brain in our young people today are underdeveloped compared to the past. It is theorized that some of this has to do with present parenting models which tend to shield children from emotional hurts, disappointments, not palying outside or on their own, where the child has to assess risk and suffer consequences. They have lots of virtual learning, but little experiential learning. Compared to today's children, my generation was given wide latitude to explore - from motorcycle riding, to hunting with a weapon in my hand alone by the age of nine, to late night flash light tag in the neighborhood. Sure there were risks, a few emergency room visits and yes, a tragedy was REMOTELY possible. Parents are making further mistakes by being friends to their children and sublimating their identities as persons, in favor of development of their children. This entitled, smart group of young adults we have now may change the world some day for the better, but they will need to become less self centered as a result of all this indulgence, care and attentions.
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10:12 AM on 03/04/2012
The 14 y/o girl, Ashley Long, lied to her parents about the "slumber" party, something that "many" young teenagers do. This most UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT should be a wake up call to all other young people. I used to cut out newspaper articles such as this and ask my son to read them back to me, he got the message! I would press LEGAL CHARGES against the 27 y/o hostess of MANSLAUGHTER and/or ASSISTED SUICIDE, ADULTS are NOT suppose to provide ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA, or HELIUM to minors!
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10:09 AM on 03/04/2012
Sadly and Shamefully Times have changed Badly ! I'm afraid the Worse is yet to come ! The lack of Trust & Respect amongst people nowadays creates Situations really scary for Everyone !
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10:06 AM on 03/04/2012
wow, one more thing to worry about now. we used to do it when we were kids but never had a problem like that. now maybe we should get the pesident to form a commitee,,hire some former senators and congressmen, spend a few million dollars on a study about the cause and effect of breathing helium. only way to keep kids safe nowadays is to chain 'em up in their rooms, but thats against the law. just raise them as best as you can, thats all you can do
09:49 AM on 03/04/2012
Are we going to have mandatory minimums for helium now? I see where this is going. Look. Like water, if you don't get to the surface to breathe, your going to drown. The poor girl "drowned" on helium. Maybe we should out law water too. Maybe out law fun. Moderation people. Life has risks. Moderation is a safe bet. Are we going to out law common sense too? Well, we already did. Look at the collateral damage the insane drug laws have done.
09:45 AM on 03/04/2012
The one thing a parent can't teach their kids is common sense. We some have kids even graduating from college lacking that one thing.
10:31 AM on 03/04/2012
You're right.
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11:12 AM on 03/04/2012
Well, that's one opinion. Model it, just like other virtues adults need to model way before those adolescent years. The apple never falls far from the tree--sad to say or an affirmation to embrace.
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11:31 AM on 03/04/2012
that whole apple never falls from the tree crap is crap basically..i have got girls and they are nothing like me and are responsible as well..
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09:39 AM on 03/04/2012
You can be the BEST parent in the world and you can still LOSE your kid. There is no 100 percent gurantee to keep your prescious children from dying. This is because their are so many things out there that can hurt them plus all of the negative influences you children have to deal with (some are diguised as being friendly even.)

All any parent can do is their BEST to protect/prepare them to use common sense and protect themselves in the world. Plus being able to talk to your kids at their LEVEL and loving them unconditionally regardless what may happen to them.

Being a parent is a full time job even when you are sleeping the job enters your dreams.
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thecross719
11:05 AM on 03/04/2012
I'm having trouble believing this was the case in this case.
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roadlesstraveled
11:17 AM on 03/04/2012
What is do what they "best"? Adults generally do what they "know". We' to they'd like to think that if adults know now what they'd know 30 years later, outcomes might be different. At any rate, condolences to the grieving family and loved ones.
09:37 AM on 03/04/2012
Unfortunately, this is not anything new. Back in the 1980s an employee at McDonalds died from inhaling too much helium. This happens to someone every year, and yet it took this long to go viral? That's pretty sad. For most people helium from a single balloon isn't going to kill you, however you should never take helium directly from a tank, and helium should never be mixed at a party with drugs and alcohal.
09:33 AM on 03/04/2012
Someone had to die before the unawareness of helium. I never know. I did it with my kids. There's something else I used to do. Bend over and put your head between your legs allowing the blood to rush to your head and then stand up and hold your breath, you pass out. I did this with other kids until someone older explained what happened while I was "out." They told me I looked like I was having a really bad seizure. I haven't done it since, and yes, someone dyed doing this. It cuts off the blood flow to the brain and that's not good. There are things out in the world that you just can't warn your kids about. You can't keep your kids in a bubble. I didn't know about spray deoderant until one of my kids did it. So many things out there! If I had school children today, when they came home from school, I wouldn't only ask them how their day went and if they learned anything. I would ask if they learned anything new that parents should worry about. Of course that doesn't mean they'll tell you but maybe they will make you aware of some things that could be going on, drugs, bullying, etc. I pray for my grown children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. Maybe we should start taking notes of all these things so when you have children, you can warn them. So many things in this world today! RIP Ashley!
09:32 AM on 03/04/2012
no, what you have to warn other parents is not to let your teen aged kids going to any kind of party. all parents on this planet knows what goes on when kids gather together.
10:37 AM on 03/04/2012
so they just lie to you !!
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11:07 AM on 03/04/2012
A bit extreme, I think. But not knowing about the party or that the party they were supposed to be going to was a fake? And the kid can't discern upon arrival that they probably shouldn't be there. That is problematic.
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09:29 AM on 03/04/2012
We'll never see a parent succeed being a perfect parent in their life... There'll be mistake and happening forever... But it's just going to have to be the responsibility our children take on themselves... The common sense they know they should have where they know they heard it else where and it should be done that way... It's not just listening to Mom & Dad but learning more yourself and knowing when and if it's right... Don't just look a Mom & Dad....