Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
I do blame Notre Dame for not having better standards in place for letting the program operate that equipment. But it's time we stop saying, "he's a 20 year old kid that didn't want to upset a coach," and start saying, "he's legally an adult and can recognize whether any job is worth putting your life at risk for."
Well, therein lies the problem for me. I've seen several studies showing that the neurons in the decision-making portion of people's brain don't fully fuse until around age 25, and that this explains what most of us know from experience about young people's behavior. Maybe it's time to up the age legal accountability.
If you think about it, the traditional age of 18 or 21 as adulthood comes from the industrial revolution, when the development of your body was more important than the development of your brain. That's not really the case in the information age.
I wonder what people would think about this situation if the guy was a 28 year-old grown man? I bet people would be a lot more open to the idea that he should have recognized and responded to the danger on his own.