William Olson (3/16, Letters) seems to blame the fraternity for the tragic death of University of Kansas student Jason Wren (3/11, Local, “Dad of dead student makes somber plea”). That is absurd. The members did not force this boy to drink. He made that choice.
We are all responsible for our own behavior. It seems that in the world we live in today, there is always someone or something else to blame for our actions. Jason’s father admitted that he suspected his son had a drinking problem. When he was kicked out of his dorm for drinking and other unspecified violations, the fraternity gave him a place to live. It is certainly possible this could have occurred in a dorm or an apartment.
I am tired of the negative image that is often portrayed of the Greek system. These students accomplish quite a lot. They give thousands of hours of service to the community. They raise money for their pet charities. The houses promote the ideals of responsibility, leadership, cooperation and academic achievement.
As the mother of two, I can only imagine what a devastating loss this is for the Wren family. They are in my thoughts and prayers.