Steve Mullen: A tragic lesson, not learned

May 26, 2010 1:28:00 PM

Steve Mullen - smullen@cdispatch.com

 

Graduation parties should be a time for celebration. 

 

But parties are ending in gunfire, and death, all too often.  

 

Last year, when four kids all between the ages of 17-18 were shot at a graduation party in West Point, police said the incident was an anomaly. Most of these parties are thrown with the best intentions. But "graduation parties" that draw people well past high school age, don''t provide adequate security, and are allowed to drag on into the wee hours of the next day, are a bad idea. 

 

The death of 25-year-old Curtis K. "C.K." Randle early Saturday -- who police say was partying inside the Starkville club hosting a graduation party -- drives this point home. A rising Starkville High senior is accused of the crime. 

 

All around the South, there are other examples: