The Ohio State University experienced a terrible tragedy on Wednesday when junior Austin Singletary died after going into cardiac arrest at their annual Mirror Lake jump. The tragedy has caused the university to take the most drastic of measures.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the school will now ban the jump from happening in the future after school officials advised the students not to take part in it.
The school made the announcement in a released statement Wednesday afternoon.
“University leadership strongly agrees that we will work with our campus community to end this annual event,” spokesman Chris Davey said in a written statement released at noon on Wednesday.
“In spite of significant efforts taken to make this event a safer one, this tragedy has occurred. We must come together and acknowledge that while this is a student-led tradition that has been passed down through the years, we cannot risk another tragedy.”
Students began speaking out against the ban, despite what happened Tuesday night. They want it to continue since it is such an important tradition to them.
“There’s no way they can stop it,” said Jacob Lester, an 18-year-old freshman from Marion. “A tradition that runs back that far, you don’t stop it.”
“Unless they arrest people, I don’t think people will stop,” said Suvanna Shipp, 21, a junior from West Liberty.
It would probably be for the best to ramp up security around the lake next year if they truly want to stop it, but students are going to continue to do it if they want to. It is nearly impossible for that amount of students to be turned away.
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