Traditions May Come, But Should They Go?
stake. Should the tradition die along with those 12 students? I think not.
Some opponents of the bonfire are stating that the tradition should not
organized by a bunch of drunk students. I say, why discontinue a ninety year
old tradition just because an accident occured? Do we also stop all airlines
mile stretch of railroad when a train jumps the tracks? No! We place rules
and guidelines down and we IMPROVE. Granted the examples I give are
not so called traditions but they are a way of life, as was the bonfire for the
students at Texas A&M. So I say, instead of putting the axe down on a
tradition, why not continue it with some professional, structural design, an
annual safety review, and more adult supervision?
Since 1909, the famous bonfire tradition has only been canceled twice.
Once in 1963 when President Kennedy was assisinated, and last year due to
the collapse. The bonfire annually drew thousands to the University campus
on the eve of A&M s football game against Texas. The bonfire was so
popular, it inspired a sculpture at the center of the A&M campus. So when
University administrators gathered after the accident to decide the traditions
speaking for my son, because he is not here to speak for himself. As a father,
said he felt the tradition should remain as is. I think what was gained was
In conclusion, I believe the bonfire should continue. We should learn
from this horrible tragedy, and make sure it never happens again. Adult
supervision is definately needed, and a professionally engineered design
should be considered. Also, an annual safety compliance review should be in
place. I say, do whatever it takes to continue this age old tradition that
inspired many people, and enriched more lives than it destroyed.