This is a wake-up call to parents, school and sport officials and students. School was canceled because of the fog to keep the students safe; therefore, the game should have been postponed. How many teenage students were driving to the game in the fog?
Were parents aware of the fog? Did any parents say, “You can’t go because the weather is too bad”? How many parents knew who was driving? A 16-year-old should not be driving a 2- or 3-ton SUV on the interstate in the fog, much less speeding and “flying” by in the passing lane. And everyone in the car, even in the back seat, should wear a seat belt!
Our job, as parents, is to protect our children from themselves, because teenagers believe they are invincible and they think, “It can’t happen to me." But bad things happen to good people! We must learn to say “no” to our children for safety sake.
This entire situation was a tragedy. The girls and their parents now experience a living hell with the injury of their beautiful girls, feeling pain, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, police reports, insurance claims, possible lawsuits, loss of work and school, and a long road to recover — but ever so grateful the girls are alive! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish the girls a complete recovery and the parents the very best in dealing with the aftermath of this accident.
— Faye Donselar, Grand Haven
(Editor's note: Grand Haven schools were on a two-hour delay, not a cancellation, on the day of the crash due to fog. Also, police said at the time that fog was not a factor in the crash.)