The Mayor of Prince George says the community is shaken by this weekend’s tragedy.
Shari Green says two young people found dead in a car submerged at a lake party celebrating their graduation is devastating, and she says we hear about these stories all too often this time of year.
She says the RCMP had officers in the area doing road checks prior to the event.
She says, “They felt that things were under control the kids were behaving well, they were having fun and everything was fine and everything is fine until something happens and then you question.”
But Green says, at this time, there are no plans to make significant changes to celebrations already planned for D-P Todd Secondary where the two students went, or at other schools.
Friends are identifying the Prince George drowning victims on social media as Kendall Moore and Craig Wood.
Kendall’s Facebook page indicates she was in this year’s graduating class at DP Todd Secondary.
Friends write she was a gorgeous girl with a very sweet heart who always brought a smile to people’s faces.
Craig is described as a kind and dependable friend who was always happy.
Meanwhile, a Metro Vancouver psychotherapist, who specializes in drinking issues, says the way to prevent teen alcohol related deaths is for parents to have a zero tolerance policy toward drinking.
Michael Pond says unfortunately, many parents see it as inevitable and provide the booze.
He says, “Ah they’re going to do it anyway, at least we’re here watching them and supervising them. You know we need to tell our kids about the dangers of binge drinking of alcohol poisoning and passing out and aspirating on your own vomit.”
Pond says studies show teens who know their parents disaprove of substance abuse are less likely to use, so parents must be clear and adamant.