The big story in the St. Louis area right now is the tragedy which occurred when an 84 year old driver somehow drove into the Shiloh (Illinois) Elementary school cafeteria killing an 8 year old second grader, Ryan Wesling.
The driver crashed into the outer wall of the cafeteria and the car continued for 100 feet before hitting the opposite wall of the room. A debate, which began almost immediately after the crash, centers on whether or not there should be stricter drivers tests for older drivers or, is there an age where people should not have drivers licenses at all?
This is a question which should be debated, but just as pertinent a question should be, "Why would a school's exterior have been constructed of drywall and stucco? The cafeteria was part of a 1999 addition built of foam covered by a synthetic stucco and drywall. That exterior is nothing, absolutely nothing.
I was in a local wine and coffee store this afternoon talking to the owner and a carpenter who was doing some remodeling. The building owner was adamant that his building, made of real brick and concrete would have stopped that woman's car before it made much of a dent. And, that no school in Missouri would ever have been allowed to build such a thin exterior wall. Both men just shook their heads in puzzlement at the construction at the school.
This is a terrible story. Ironically the driver was on her way to an AARP driver's class. A bubbly 8 year old is dead, his parents suffering a horrible grief. But there are two questions to debate.