Unnecessary campus deaths can’t be tolerated

An editorial from The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — They’re supposed to be some of the best years of life.

Higher education is such a great opportunity.

Students, whether they’re attending classes in their hometown or venturing to another city or state, are becoming or have become adults and have more freedom — and responsibility.

There’s work required to get that degree, and the payoff is greatly increased opportunities and earning potential.

Sure, there are opportunities to have some fun.

Potential for tragedy exists, as well.

Developments out of Morgantown the past few days have sent that message across the state and nation.

A West Virginia University student found unconscious and not breathing at a fraternity house died Friday, a day after the school ordered a halt to all activities at fraternities and sororities at WVU.

Nolan Michael Burch, 18, died two days after officers were called to the Kappa Sigma house and found someone performing CPR on him. Burch was being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

We’re making no judgments about the student’s death.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston confirmed that Wednesday night’s incident was alcohol-related, but he could not comment on whether alcohol caused Burch’s death…

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