It's not blaming the victim. It's called personal accountability. It's consequences of our actions. We're taught it, or so I thought, at a young age. Remember your mom telling you not to touch the stove or you'll burn your fingers? Consider that a metaphor for life. Touch a burning stove and don't be surprised if you burn your finger.
And where is Brian Kelly's personal accountability? You've made just about every excuse imaginable for the guy. He's too busy, too many people to watch over. How about this: How about if you have so many people to watch over that you can't account for safety, then you need to get some help, don't you? Again, the personal responsibiity crowd never sees it from any other side than to place it on the victim.
Your ananlogy of mom telling not to touch a stove is a little different here, in fact it almost gives credence to the other side. If a mom tells her child to touch a burning stove, is it the fault of the kid who touches it? Or, if the kid realizes that it's dangerous, isn't the mom still an idiot?
Had Brian Kelly (or whoever was in charge of this guy) told him not
to go up there, he wouldn't have.
That in'ts what happened: they told him to
go up there.
Here's the bottom line: whether this kid realized it or not, it was a stupid and dangerous request to ask somebody to climb up there in those conditions. If the kid refuses or if he goes, they still asked- they still tried to get their football practice filmed by someone on a tower in 50 plus mph winds.
The request should never have been made, and if it isnt, the kid is alive. So for me, sorry, the responsibility rests with the university.
We can't on one hand say that the student should have known better, but the person who asked him to go up there should not have known better. That makes no sense.
I dont want to live in a world where the workers have to trust themselves to determine safe working conditions that are constructed by somebody else.
"Hey, I'll pay you $8.00 an hour to work on that power line." "Is it grounded?"
"I dunno, that's your job to figure out, youre the one stupid enough to go up there..."
There's something really wrong with that scenario, don't you think?