I could not make my son wear a helmet so I’m going to make you wear one

Parents react to son’s death by pushing for helmet law.

It is always very sad when a young snowboarder dies. Kyle Cryblskey was 23 when he landed wrong on a jump at Mount Hood in February 2010. It is not known whether or not a helmet would have saved his life.
So Kyle’s parents are pushing for helmets on everyone. I don’t make the connection either but confused seems to be common with this issue.

“Our son died; therefore, you should do what I want you to do.” Or maybe a better statement is “we could not make our son wear a helmet, so we are going to make you wear one.”

They failed in making their son wear a helmet so now they want the ski resort to be responsible for making people wear a helmet. It the parents could not make their child wear a helmet, why should the resorts be responsible for doing it? Come on folks, as parents it is your job, not the resorts, to take care of your kid.

When I was working at a ski area after a child had fallen off the lift, every parent wanted to know why we allowed the child on the lift. I wanted to scream YOU BOUGHT HIM THE LIFT TICKET, WHAT DID YOU THINK HE WAS GOING TO DO WALK UP THE HILL?

Deborah and Joe Cryblskey are pleading for stricter snowboarding and skiing laws. Their son Kyle Cryblskey, 23, was snowboarding last Saturday on Mount Hood Meadows when he took a jump, crashed and died. Kyle was not wearing a helmet.

The Cryblskey’s are quoted saying:

“He had a helmet. Every other year we would buy him a helmet and he would take them up there but the fashionable hat was better to wear,” said Deborah Cryblskey.

The Cryblskey’s said they don’t know if a helmet would have saved their sons life but they want them to be required for all skiers and snowboarders.

“I think that the resorts should have a more responsible role. Especially if they are on these jumping park things where they are going too fast and jumping so high. If they don’t have a helmet they are off the mountain,” said Deborah Cryblskey. 

“The helmets I think they should be mandatory and they should bring the rental prices way down on them,” said Joe Cryblskey.

So now the resorts are going to be responsible for policing the kids of parents who can’t or won’t take care of their children.

The Cryblskey’s said they will continue to raise awareness about the importance of wearing helmets until a law is passed to require them on the slopes.

Grief is a natural process. Grief does not mean you make someone else miserable. Your grief should not be transferred to third parties making them miserable. If you want your children to wear a helmet, don’t allow them to ski without a helmet. If you want your children to wear, a helmet, and they don’t, don’t buy them a lift ticket or season pass, don’t drive them to the resort, and don’t give them the opportunity to ski or board. Be responsible for your own child and teach your child to be responsible for themselves.

Do not expect me or any other third party to be responsible for your child. If you or your children are not acting the way you want, it is Your problem.

Laws will not change things anyway.

So read the entire article see ‘Kyle loved snowboarding … This was his passion’. For more information about the accident see Snowboarder, 23, dies after crash at Meadows.

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Keywords: ski area, ski area fatality, helmets, ski helmets, snowboarding,

One Comment on “I could not make my son wear a helmet so I’m going to make you wear one”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is funny to see those thing always comes up. You think it is 'common sense', but some people doesn't have the idea of 'parents' roll' or discipline. By being a school teacher, you will be amazed by those parents who just wants school to do all the work for their child. Many of them call to school asking about how their child behave in school because they can't talk to their child at home.
    Thank you for putting this article. I think you are totally making sense.


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