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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Texas A&M Settles Bonfire Suit

Nearly a decade ago, the annual Texas A&M bonfire collapsed, killing a dozen people.  The school has now settled litigation arising from the tragedy, agreeing to pay $2.1 million and promising to have engineering oversight if the bonfire ever returns to campus.  (Since the collapse, the bonfire has been held off-campus.)

The university had claimed immunity from suit, but an appellate court rejected that claim earlier this year.


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A pretty tragic situation. Here in Texas all college athletic followers, whether you're a A&M fan or not, were amazed by the bonfire. It really was a sight to behold.

What makes me concerned is they are continuing the tradition on private property, and while I'm sure they have plenty of watchful eyes on them, it's still being built by a bunch of drunk college students.

Posted by: Blake Boyd | Nov 2, 2008 8:27:24 AM

If students come out to work on it with so much as whiff of alcohol on their breath they're sent home. Same for riding in truck beds, same for any kind of behavior that leadership may deem irresponsible. There's zero tolerance on those topics, especially because of '99, and upper leadership has done a great job on enforcement.

The article also doesn't give the full story. Texas A&M has no ties to the off-campus bonfire and has repeatedly disavowed any link (or approval) of the activites. That said, when students speak of the subject they speak only of Bonfire, not on-campus vs off-campus, not Aggie Bonfire vs Student Bonfire.

Posted by: Jake Nolan | Nov 10, 2008 10:56:45 AM

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