Ten years ago this week, a 17 year old boy died. I’ve been reading a lot about this young man in the last couple days because his story scares me…in just the way I need to be scared.
Paul M. Riggs went to military school. He came home for Thanksgiving and went to a party at a “friend’s” house. He drank alcohol that night – the “friend’s” parents were in the house.
On the way home from the party, he smashed his car into a tree just blocks from his home. He died three weeks later from his injuries.
M…You wonder why I worry so much. These things really do happen – and they happen all the time. Paul lived just a few miles from our house. I simply do not want to suffer the pain Mrs. Riggs has had to endure over the last 10 years…
The social host law, or Paul’s Law, was passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2004. This law simply made it illegal for parents to provide or serve alcohol to teens in their homes.