Girl Falls Into Manhole While Texting, Parents Sue
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Jul 13
I've already posted on the danger of texting while driving, but now we can add texting while walking to the list of dangers. I'm half-serious. Texting can be very distracting, so caution can rightly be placed on texting while doing anything that requires one's attention, like walking down a city street. Here's the news item...
15 year-old Alexa Longueira was walking along Victory Boulevard in Staten Island when she fell into an open manhole.
Why didn’t she see it? She was too intent on tapping out a text message to notice the gaping gap in the sidewalk and just dropped straight on in. Idiotic, yes, but now Alexa’s parents are trying to blame someone else for their daughter’s stupidity while making a little money into the bargain. They’re suing the city.