An Indiana University freshman who planned to study nursing died this weekend after sustaining a severe head injury at an off-campus party.
Rachael Fiege was at a party a block away from the Bloomington, Indiana campus when she became unresponsive after falling down a flight of stairs around 1:00 a.m Friday morning. Although Fiege was found soon after, police were not called until around 8 a.m., when students discovered she was unconscious and not breathing.
Although police administered first aid at the scene, Fiege was taken to the hospital in critical condition and was declared brain dead Friday afternoon. The 19-year-old freshman was pronounced dead early Saturday morning after her parents removed her from life support.
Several IU students blamed the delayed call on an underage drinking culture that makes students afraid to call the police during an emergency.
“I definitely think people are scared to use it, ’cause I mean, a lot of parties have underage kids drinking and doing all kind of stuff and it’s just not a place they want police,” one IU student told the local NBC station.
Another student echoed this, telling ABC, “We’re just young, we’re scared. It’s hard because if we get in trouble like that, it could change the rest of our college experience, you’ll be under watch.”
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