After reading the comments section of that article it appears that a Duke student brought their 14 year old sibling to the “Tailgate” held before the Duke vs. UVA football game and the sibling was later found abandoned in a portable bathroom. The reaction of Duke University canceling “Tailgate” is absolutely the right decision.
Tailgate as students currently know it has been canceled, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta confirmed Monday.
A minor, who was the guest of a student, was found unconscious in a Porta Potty at the end of the Nov. 6 Tailgate, said Chief John Dailey of the Duke University Police Department. A security officer found the teenager after most students had left Tailgate, and Emergency Medical Services was called to transport the teenager to the Duke Emergency Department, Dailey added.
Moneta confirmed that to the best of his knowledge the teenager is OK, adding that the minor was the sibling of a Duke student.
This incident was the “predominant deciding factor” for the decision to end Tailgate, Moneta said. The Tailgate that was originally scheduled for Nov. 13 has been suspended, and Tailgates in upcoming years will likely be very different, he added.
“Tailgate has become an embarrassment—it has no connection to our football team,” Moneta said in an interview Monday. “Now it has to end. I think the notion that a young teenager could be discovered under these conditions just crosses the line.”