U-Va. slaying: Not about athletes or privilege
By Victoria K. Weiler
The killing of Yeardley Love at the University of Virginia has devastated so many families, friends and communities across the Washington- 9Baltimore area and in Charlottesville. By all accounts, Ms. Love was a wonderful young woman, beloved by everyone who knew her. This case is heartbreaking for Ms. Love’s family as well as for the family of George Huguely, who is accused of killing her. Their lives will be forever altered.
But I do not agree with Ruth Marcus [“Privilege unchecked in the U-Va. case?,” op-ed, May 7] that the question has to be asked: “Is it something about athletes? Something about entitled college athletes? Something about lacrosse?” Nor does it have to do with living a life of privilege, or with George Huguely’s friends, teammates or coaches not addressing his “problems.” In situations involving domestic violence, not even restraining orders are effective. Also, thousands of college students (not just student-athletes) across the country are cited for underage drinking and rarely are linked to killings.
It seems incorrect to make this tragic case about any of these other things. This type of violence occurs across all groups — rich and poor — across all ethnic groups and among groups other than college athletes. Recently, there have seen similar cases at Virginia Tech and Yale involving students killing students. In both cases, the students involved were not athletes or privileged. These type of killings are so terrible in and of themselves and know no boundaries; whatever the causes are, they appear to be unrelated to economic status, a particular upbringing or a particular sport.
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