Girl tied to boys' deaths charged with distributing drugs in Park City

'I've lost friends, freedoms, and I've hurt my family,' teen says in TedX talk

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  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Aug. 2, 2018 12:10 a.m.

    As a retired law enforcement officer, i can tell you that most crimes are tied to drugs. Burglaries, robberies, all to get money to buy drugs...

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 1:19 p.m.

    I am one that has not pity on drug users, I personally don't care if some call it a disease, an addiction, whatever. The steps go like this.

    1) You are offered drugs.
    2) You know already it is bad.
    3) You walk away and you are done. You take it and see #4
    4) You use and kill brain cells. Potentially becoming addicted or a user, because the first time went OK. For some reason you got enjoyment out of not being yourself and not having control of your actions.
    5) You end up dead or in jail. Most likely.

    No pity, you knew from the very beginning it was bad and not safe.

    As for this girls friends and family. I guess they are not worth the change. Trial as an adult, long sentance, use as an example. Can't keep baby sitting people like this who prey on others for their own enjoyment and money.

    As for the parents who discovered the $2k in drugs mailed to their house. They should go to jail also for not reporting this to local authorities. Instead if I understand the article right. Their kid is no longer alive. Sorry, call me heartless. Not enough punishment, cause other kids are still dying.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 1:16 p.m.

    @sgallen

    So what you state is true, roughly 450 people die per year from tylenol. Now go research how many of these deaths are because of unknown reactions compared to taking for enjoyment or because of the pill itself.

    Ecstasy kills on average 75 people per year. A statistic that is constantly on the rise. The potency of ecstasy is controlled when distributed as you say for PTSD. Much like medical Mary Jane.

    To say Ecstasy should not be illegal is pure neglect for safety and intelligence.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 9:28 a.m.

    I don't understand the DNews decision to not name her. If she has been public about her problems, and she continues to pursue adult crimes, stop protecting her and keeping the community at risk from her activities.

  • Utetoot Heber City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    Too much easy money in the hands of young people, not enough time with parents, too little morals taught in the home and reinforced at school. There are many things that can cause this type of behavior. I don’t get it but I hope Park City can get their hands around the issue and that the rest of us will work to stop it within our communities.

  • All American Herriman, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    How is it that these kids have access to enough money to purchase these drugs? (One package worth $2000 thrown in the trash by the parents?) The article doesn't say she was selling drugs, but was "distributing" drugs to other kids who ordered them and had them sent to her house. Regardless, where did all those involved get that kind of money?

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 8:26 a.m.

    Ecstasy shouldn't be illegal. In fact, it's going to be approved by the FDA for treatment of PTSD and, likely, depression in the near future. It causes fewer deaths than tylenol.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Drugs are evil and those who sell them are evil.
    Addiction may be a mitigating circumstance, but when their drug sales result in death, then that supersedes everything else.

    Adult crime, adult trial, and a very long prison sentence are the appropriate action. It won't bring back the two 13 year old boys, but it will keep this girl from selling drugs to anyone else while she is in prison. (Unless, she succeeds in getting drugs smuggled in, as even prisons have drug problems.)

    Sorry, young lady, you are the one who messed up your life.
    Unless the parents were aware of her drug use and sales, then they are victims themselves, not complicit in the girl's crimes.

    Drugs are evil. They must be treated as such, not as an excuse to allow criminal acts to go unpunished.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Aug. 1, 2018 8:10 a.m.

    Life sentences would reduce drug trade.

  • Cougarbib2 Moorpark, CA
    July 31, 2018 8:06 p.m.

    Keep America Safe. Name the people involed in hopes that every parent in the vicinity of Park City can be vigilant about who their kids hang out with.

    This is life and death stuff. I have relatives that live near there. The death of my niece in another state due to overdose is still fresh on my mind.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    July 31, 2018 7:08 p.m.

    I watched her TEDx talk. It looks like the article has chosen not to state her name so I won't either. But she is named in the title of the video and in the content.

    From what she describes in the video, it looks like her only chance is some sort of long term incarceration where she would have no access to drugs.

    People complain about the harsh penalties for drug use, possession and distribution. But you look at the wreckage it has cause in this girl's life including the overdose death of two of her peers and the penalties seem too lenient.

    It would be helpful to interview the parents of all of these kids. Ask them what they would do differently if they could go back in time.