Eric Oakes, founder of the “Love Like Adam Foundation” 가입 “여우 & 친구 주말,” 일요일, with Adam’s cousin, Courtney White, where he relayed the devastation of losing his only child.
“To have something like this happen is unbelievable. It’s a warning to all parents and grandparents and students that this is going on,” he told host 레이첼 캄포스 더피.
“Never in a million years did we think we would be in this situation,” 그는 덧붙였다.
Oakes went on to discuss what he is thinks could change the trajectory of students’ lives and stifle the alarming rate of hazing incidents at American universities.
“We need to start reaching out to [재학생] in middle school and then carry on the messaging into high school and then into college,” 그는 말했다. “바라건대, with the awareness that it will bring, they’ll have skills with them, and they’ll be able to see how to get somebody help if they see somebody in jeopardy…”
“Knowledge is power,” 그는 덧붙였다. Oakes not only called for students to call help for those who need it, but to also recognize when they are going to be hazed and to consider ways to get themselves out of such dangerous situations.
White followed Oakes’ discussion, sharing the effort they put together to raise awareness.
“We put a team of educators together to create a curriculum that’s for middle school, high school and colleges… one of the targets is that bystander intervention,” 그녀가 말했다.
White said she believes that, if someone had intervened on Adam’s behalf, he would still be living today.
White also reflected on Adam’s impact and the energy he brought to others, describing him as someone who “lit up the room” and sharing how he was never afraid to show his love for others.