Taking Risks Can End a Life Too Soon

Taking risks and doing crazy things are part and parcel of being a teenager. I pulled my fair share of idiotic stunts at that age, that’s for sure. All teens are going to test the limits and do things they know are risky at some point. I truly wish more of them would stop and ask themselves if the possible outcomes are worth it. I remember all too well, though, that at that age you believe you are invincible. Bad things happen to other people, right? Unfortunately, no one is super-human and bad things sometimes happen. Our community has suffered a great loss this week due to the risks teens sometimes take.

Gavin Roskamp has been an extremely active and vocal part of our community for quite a long time. He was a technology enthusiast and smart as hell. He stayed busy beyond reason with extra-curricular activities, helping people with computer issues online and yet still managed to pull a perfect grade point average in high school. He was a good friend to so many – both online and in “real” life. He always had a shoulder to lean on available, and words of wisdom that would make you believe he was far older than his sixteen years. Vince Bognot sums up the huge impact Gavin had on people he had never met:

“Gavin and I spoke online nearly every day. Even though I never met him, he was like a brother to me.”

I hate that I now have to write about Gav in the past tense. Last Monday, he and a few other teens were out joyriding in a car. They decided to go “Hill-hopping,” a past time that many kids this age apparently enjoy. The hopped a hill at high speed, flipped the car three times and slammed into a tree. Gavin and an 18 year old woman (the driver of the car) were killed instantly.

My heart breaks for Gavin’s friends and family – both online and off. This kid had one hell of a bright future and had such a good heart. Losing him will leave a hole in our hearts that we should not have had to experience. I hope all of you will stop and think twice when you decide to do something reckless. There are so many things you can do to get a “rush” or a “thrill” which are far safer than hurtling your car over hills at high rates of speed, y’all.

Gavin wasn’t invincible, no, but he was definitely a great kid who will now be missed by us all.

7 thoughts on “Taking Risks Can End a Life Too Soon”

    1. Personally knowing him- that’s pretty offensive. Why don’t you look at who he was before leaving some half-hearted, careless and disrespectful comment.

      I’ll miss him so much. He was such a great guy. 🙁

    2. Everyone even intelligent people make mistakes or do something crazy. No one is perfect. 

  1. Such good advice. I do hope our teens are “listening”…these words of wisdom could save a mom from asking, “Why my baby?” Thank you, Chris. I’d like to reiterate something you said about us all feeling invincible in our teenage years. Up to probably 25 we tend to take risks we would not give a second thought to. That’s girls as well as boys and those with low-keyed personalities as well as those we might consider high-risk takers.  I know because I was one of those low-keyed personalities who happened to have been a girl.  It really didn’t “feel” like I was taking a risk, then. Only later would I look back on it as risky. Everyone, please be careful and safe while you’re having fun.

  2. Such good advice. I do hope our teens are “listening”…these words of wisdom could save a mom from asking, “Why my baby?” Thank you, Chris. I’d like to reiterate something you said about us all feeling invincible in our teenage years. Up to probably 25 we tend to take risks we would not give a second thought to. That’s girls as well as boys and those with low-keyed personalities as well as those we might consider high-risk takers.  I know because I was one of those low-keyed personalities who happened to have been a girl.  It really didn’t “feel” like I was taking a risk, then. Only later would I look back on it as risky. Everyone, please be careful and safe while you’re having fun.

  3. I never really got the chance to know Gavin. This is such a big loss to the community. It kills me to hear someone so young pass away. Rest In Peace. 

  4. RIP Gavin. Please kids, you are not invincible. Think before you do something dangerous or illegal. Ask yourself if it is really worth it? I wish I never had to hear this. It is really sad for the community online and offline. He will really be missed by us. 

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