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LETTER

Settlement a ‘Disturbing Precedent’

I find it appalling that an institution like MIT believes it may be held liable for the actions of members of its adult student body that choose willingly to live without Institute supervision, to the extent that they would pay a huge ransom to the irresponsible student’s family rather than battle rightfully for their other students’ civil liberties.

This sets a disturbing precedent for other institutions to exert an increasing amount of influence on the lives of adults who are affiliated only by attendance in a classroom or by work in a laboratory, simply to avoid costly court battles initiated by those who share the greatest blame for the person’s ill behavior: his parents.

Where does this end? Is my employer to be held responsible if I drink myself to death outside the office?

Incredibly, the melodrama still isn’t over. Before Scott Krueger’s parents decided to pursue costly litigation against Fiji (no doubt financed by MIT’s concession), perhaps they should have considered who was ultimately responsible for Krueger’s poor conduct. The parents’ “pass-the-buck” reaction to their son’s death has shed extraordinary light on his upbringing.


Kyle R. Rose G