Pullman Mayor Reacts to Rash of WSU Falls: 'There's Stupidity Out There'


Law enforcement and lawmakers surrounding Washington State University say they want to do more after the rash of falls from campus balconies, but Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson said, "You can legislate, and there's still stupidity out there."

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that officials at WSU are particularly worried about the risky mix of young men, alcohol and high places.

"This is a challenging age," WSU Dean of Students Melynda Huskey told the Tribune. "Young men in their late teens and early 20s are not always the best assessors of personal risk."

A series of separate incidents began in September, when a University of Idaho student was seriously injured after falling from a frat house roof. Two days later, a WSU student fell three stories from another frat house roof. In early October, another WSU student fell from a third-story balcony at a residential hall, and still another WSU student was critically injured Nov. 25, when he fell from a frat house balcony.

WSU's Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life has been "revisiting safety issues," according to the Tribune.

"You'd tend to think that people in their own fraternity or apartment buildings would say, 'That's stupid, get back in,' or something like that," Johnson told the Tribune.