As much as I want to, I can’t call this story a “tragedy.”
To me, there has to be an element of misfortune, of fate, of unavoidable circumstances, for something to be called a “tragedy.”
And this story — while incredibly sad — is all too predictable.
Two teenage girls skip school to sunbathe on a railroad trestle over a pond, fall asleep, and a train comes along. The only surprising thing is that the girls lost only a leg and a foot respectively, and are still alive.
It’s a harsh truth: in this world, sometimes stupidity is a capital offense. These girls did nothing malicious or evil, but just incredibly, phenomenally, mind-bogglingly stupid. And they paid a price for it.
Luckily, they are alive to learn the lessons. And they will bear reminders of their mistake for the rest of their lives.
I can only hope that others can learn from their fate.