On July 27, a 7-year-old Fresno boy died when a drunk driver hit him as he was riding his bike with his sister and dad. The driver was high school coach Loren LeBeau.
As high schoolers, bikers, student athletes, siblings, and victims of road violence, this tragedy resonated with us. It made us wonder who we can trust, if not our authority figures. Coaches and teachers are supposed to be role models. This story only makes us trust authority figures less, and makes us wonder how common drunken driving is among adults who lead us.
Others in our group feel that everyone makes mistakes, even authority figures, and sometimes these mistakes hurt other innocent people, like what happened on July 27. We’re all human, and we all make mistakes, but this doesn’t excuse these actions or make them any less tragic.