In Panama City, Florida and other Florida cities, high school and college students gather together during Spring Break to have fun and take some time to enjoy the Florida weather, beaches, and Spring Break festivities. Tragically, a number of Spring Breakers die or suffer serious personal injuries every year. Recently, Mat James, a top football recruit from St. Xavier High School in Cicinnati, Ohio who had planned to attend Notre Dame, died from a fall from a balcony at a Days Inn. The story was reported by the Associated Press.
It is sad that a young man with a bright future ahead of him died at such a young age under such tragic circumstances. Matt was big and strong but could not survive this fall. Other Spring Breakers, parents, business owners, and hotel and motel operators should take notice of these stories and emphasize that safety is the most important thing on Spring Break over anything else.
You can read more about this story at Ohio High School Student Dies in Fall from Balcony in Panama City Beach, Florida.