Some might revel in their underage drinking exploits, but I suspect UNC-Chapel Hill tennis player Chris Kearney never expected his life to take the detour it looks like it will take. He is accused of driving drunk and striking two UNC-CH seniors on Columbia with his vehicle early Sunday. He posted $50,000 bond today and was released from jail.
While this story is unfolding, (see College presidents seek debate on drinking age) college presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.
I think that we have all heard the arguments presented in the article above. Being in a "college town" we have seen the underage drinking stories involving athletes as well as others without a high profile. We have also seen the debate over the work of Dale Pratt Wilson and her organization that is involved with the teen drinking problem.
Will we as a community get any closer to dealing with this or will we just continue to see more and more of these cases?