6.05.2007

What's Up With SMU?


In the last five months, three students have died of drugs and/or alcohol.

  • Meaghan Bosch, 21 - overdosed on mixture of cocaine, meth, and oxycodone
  • Jacob Stiles, 20 - overdosed on a mixture or cocaine, alcohol and something called fentanyl
  • Jordan Crist, 19 - alcohol poisoning

And SMU is small with only 11,000 students (and, of that, 6,000 are undergraduates.)

You never hear about deaths like that at TCU, UTA, or North Texas.

24 comments:

The Devil said...

SMU=Stupid Mixes University!

Annie Jokely said...

Rich kids doing coke in North Dallas? Gee, I would have never thunk it.

Anonymous said...

Well aren't they METHodist?

comment4U said...

Over-partying to death. That is truly sad.

Serious stuff aside, your Twitters made me feel like a yo-yo just reading it....=)

Anonymous said...

that's because no one has died yet...the drugs are at every campus

Anonymous said...

This girl's father is upset that SMU did not prevent her death, and that SMU could do more to prevent drug use. As if it's the university's fault his daughter was a druggie. What kind of shoes did she wear? Maybe it's New Balance's fault she was on drugs. Did she ever go to movies? Maybe it's Cinemark's fault she died. Did she go to football games? If so it's likely that the SMU Mustang stadium announcers should have done more to prevent her death. Amazing how everyone is responsible except the person taking the drugs and slugging back booze; and those that raised her and were examples to her.

Anonymous said...

2:07 I think that you are being a little harsh - this girl was a model student and daughter up until the last few months of her life when she got involved in Meth. If you are dillusional enough to believe that it was the way that she was raised - I think that you are very mistaken.

It happens to kids from all walks of life - in Decatur, Dallas and Ft. Worth and beyond. Her father right now is just filled with grief - wanting answers that he will probably never find. I personally will pray for them.

Anonymous said...

Most of the students at those schools stick to pot, which no one has ever OD'd from.

Anonymous said...

Amen 2:07
Young people die everyday from mixing drugs and alcohol. But since they don't go to a high priced school and there daddy don't have enough money to get the 5 oclock news to put them on T.V. it goes unoticed.There deathes are just as foolish and just as sad.

Anonymous said...

2:26, so.....it's the university's fault, then? 2:07 is stating that it never seems to be the person, or the people that influenced the person, at fault or with responsibility. Did not say it was how she was raised, or anything else other than it is NOT the fault of bricks and mortar and school administrators or faculty as the father is claiming.

Anonymous said...

OK,let's ramp this up and get GOD involved.

Let'er rip.

Anonymous said...

SMU=Stupid Meth Users

Anonymous said...

Spoiled Rotten Rich Kids

Anonymous said...

Back in the 70's, Rice University had more suicides per capita than any other school in the nation. Back in those days everything was kept hush-hush though. Ever since Mr. Gore invented the internet, the instant access to information has made it almost impossible for an institution to keep secrets anymore.

I think there is a large percentage of young people that are considered superior performers coming out of high school that have a hard time when they are told they are just....ok...or God forbid, in the bottom quartile, of their class. They just can't handle it and start down the path of self-destruction, like a kid that makes a C for the first time in his life after nothing but straight A's up to that point.

At Baylor, I saw situations where kids that were sheltered growing up discovered wine, woman and song(not necessarily in that order) with no Mommy or Daddy around, and they just went nuts. The legal drinking age was 18 back then, so booze was a very prominent player in your social life starting as a freshman.

Anonymous said...

No, I am not saying it is the university's fault. I am saying that it happens to kids that are brought up in good, strong Christian homes (with good role models) and kids that are not so lucky to have strong role models within their home. Sometimes, in their case, it's the one teacher that makes the difference to choose and pursue a better path. Finger pointing in drug use is simply a waste of time - I am saying that the father is very, very much speaking out of grief with the loss of his child.

Anonymous said...

It's all Bush's fault.

Anonymous said...

2:28PM gets an a'yup from me.

Love, Anonynothing whatever.

Greta said...

It's called, above all else, stupidity. Taking 3 different drugs at the same time and, drinking too much alcohol. What did they expect?

I'm sure their peers were doing the same thing, so that made it OK. Well, their peers should have just told them to jump off a bridge. It would have had the same effect.

Anonymous said...

Greta, WTF?

Anonymous said...

This is not the schools fault. The school does not promote the use of drugs or alcohol. In fact I am almost certain that drugs and alcohol are not allowed anywhere on campus. Do they search every room or car? No, they expect the young men and women at their campus to know right from wrong and how to follow rules and regulations and to be responsible for themselves and the choices they make. While this is extremly sad the young made some bad choices the last few months of her life and the consequences were tragic.

Anonymous said...

It's clearly not the University's fault. Adults need to accept responsibility for their actions.

I expect daddy's really pissed about paying $100,000 for her SMU "education" and it didn't even include any drug awareness information.

Anonymous said...

This is Meaghan's mother. We did not "blame" SMU for Meaghan's poor choices. If you listened to what was said, it was that SMU has a problem, which they are not addressing. We didn't expect them to follow Meaghan around. This is the 3rd student who has died there. Our daughter stopped attending classes after Spring Break. We weren't aware of that, but they were. There should be a system instituted at ALL campuses, that would catch this type of behavior and channel that info to a counceling center, where the student/parents would be notified. Beyond that, Meaghan wasn't a "rich kid" with unlimited funds. We were very involved parents. From what her friends tell us, she knew that this was bad and was unsuccessfully trying to handle it herself. We did feel that something was wrong, but unlike was has been erroneously printed, we did not figure out what it was, until just a few days before her disappearance. At that time, we contacted her therapist and had appts set up for immediately following exams, which ended on Thursday... the day she went missing. But, obviously you all personally knew her, because you have it all figured out, right. You knew that she was a kid who wasn't street-smart, because she had never been a problem teen. You knew that she had been in an emotionally abusive relationship, with her previous "over-protective" boyfriend. You knew that she had developed an eating disorder, thru the depression that came about thru this relationship. You knew that for the 10 months preceding this, she'd struggled to recover from this depression. This all that led her to make a wrong choice, with a new group of "friends". These friends were part of the Greek drug culture that exists on this campus. Do you know why the guy who sold her those drugs is in jail? Did you read about the sexual assault charges that have been filed against him from another woman? He said in his TV interview, that he just likes to "hang-out" with SMU students. He is known to sell drugs to SMU frat houses. He's not the only one. Might be a problem, that SMU might want to look into. Read, think, listen and learn. Ignorance is not an excuse for self-righteousness.

Anonymous said...

But where does it end? SMU is not a high school. Should they send truancy officers around the school to look for people that haven't been to class in one day? Two? Three? A week? These people are adults, not children.

It is a very slippery slope. You claim that SMU should watch out for this behavior, then next year there will be somebody calling out for monitoring of another type of destructive behavior. Adding up that up over the years, and you get a $50,000 a year mega-high school. College is a time to step into the "real" world. If I don't show up for work someone perhaps would call, but that is about it.

Anonymous said...

Meaghan's mother,
It never ceases to amaze me how judgmental people can be on this blog (& many others) and how they think they know it all about people they don't know at all. I don't know how they can be so cruel, but let's forget them - that's not why I'm writing.
Everything I have read about your daughter & your family scares me to death because if it could happen in a stable family as your own, it can happen to anyone. You were obviously very close, very hands-on, caring, involved parents. Your daughter seemed to be a lovely person. If things can go that wrong, that fast, it scares me. How do we protect our children? How do we teach them to cope on their own with life's setbacks? How do we keep them from making mistakes in their young lives that could turn out to be such deadly ones? I don't think anyone has all these answers. We all do the best we can & sometimes everything comes out OK, & other times it goes terribly wrong. I don't know you - I can't imagine what you are going through - but I am so very very sorry for you & your family. I am so hoping and praying that you recover; I know you won't go back to being as you were before, but you will eventually find a new normal for your family. I don't know what to say, except that I grieve for what you & your family are going through. I think it is good that you are speaking out about it. Just keep breathing, keep putting one foot in front of the other, & eventually you will come through this, you will come out on the other side of this horrible tragedy. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I wish I could help.