We very much appreciate your ongoing coverage of the tragic death of Cal Poly freshman Carson Starkey due to alcohol poisoning. We can only hope as more light is focused on such tragic incidents, our society will become more committed to end them. We lose more than 1700 children to alcohol-related deaths each year. If these deaths were the result of a plane crash we would be doing more to stop them.
The Gordie Foundation was started in 2004 by a family who lost a son, Gordie Bailey, to alcohol poisoning at the University of Colorado during Chi Psi Fraternity’s secret initiation ritual involving hazing using alcohol. Today, we have more than 100 chapters of our “Circle of Trust” on college campuses, where our peer education programs are warning college students about the dangers of peer pressure, hazing, and alcohol poisoning. Our children don’t understand that the amount of alcohol it takes to pass out is dangerously close to the amount it takes to kill. They don’t believe fraternity traditions can kill. We encourage them to call for help when a friend is impaired by alcohol and save a life. Gordie would be with us today if someone had just called for help.
We will share your articles with others and applaud your efforts to inform the public about such a preventable tragedy. Please visit us at gordie.org.