Reported that the medical examiner determined that Jenna Foellmi died of acute alcohol poisoning. Police say she was seen consuming alcohol for much of the previous day, starting after taking her last final exam and continued at several parties.
Information from Darryl Smelser at KAGE-AM, Winona, and Mark Carros at KTTC-TV, Rochester (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP 12-21-07 1108CST
Pioneer Editorial: Youth binge drinking a rising trend?
Bemidji Pioneer Editorial Board Bemidji
Published Wednesday, December 26, 2007
In the wake of several recent area tragic deaths, the editorial asks: "The trend is disturbing. Why are more of our young people turning to alcohol, and further, why to abusive levels?" The author then urges action, although acknowledging the difficulty of finding solutions
Winona State student is latest in a string of deaths of college-age women attributed to alcohol.
Reported on the alcohol poisoning death of Jenna Foellmi and other similar situations which resulted in Rissa Amen-Reif and Amanda Jax losing their lives.
Police pointed out that "personal responsibility" has to be emphasized Foellmi's death happened because "she was going to get smashed [after] she had a tough quarter at school and no one stepped in to stop that." Jenna attended private "bring-your-own-bottle" parties. At one of those parties Jenna participated in a drinking game called "Beer Pong." An noted irony, Jenna reportedly belonged to SADD
A teacher was reported to have remarked "You know, we teach about drinking and driving, but we really don't teach about drinking and dying."
"A survey released last year found that more than half of all Winona State students had consumed five or more drinks in one sitting, constituting binge drinking."
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482