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Thursday, June 09, 2005


t. weinberg

Heart braking for this young promising young man and never to be forgotten by his family who I have deep and profound symphathy.


I was just searching for Johnny Smyth when I found this. I was in Johnny's class (and had known him since 5th grade, though we grew apart after 8th) and remember the day I found out. I remember everything leading up to it to, the whole time period is burned into my memory. I can't believe it's almost been a year (less than 2 months). It's good to know there are other people who never knew Johnny and yet still care about him, and are aware of these sadly avoidable deaths.


I am a senior at Masterman School. It is comforting to know that people, strangers care about our boy Johnny. His passing should have taught us, especially Masterman students about the dangers of drinking and irresponsibility. It just angers me how students at our school still drink way to much and have wild parties. HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING?


adding to megan's comment: the students that still drink include the people involved from what i've heard.. and masterman is a tiny school so what you hear is generally true


I didn't know Johnny too well. I remember him from the brief time that I was on the Masterman chess team and he was really nice. I was friends with his little brother Julian and everytime someone mentions his name I remember the day that the entire school found out what had happened. I remember all of the teachers and students crying and even people who hadn't known him were sad. I may have only been in 7th grade at the time but I do know that it is a disgrace that Masterman kids in my grade do the exact same thing. Get drunk, throw wild parties and skip school. Apparently the fact that we go to Masterman doesn't mean that we are necessarily smarter than others.


happy birthday johnny...


almost four years...unbelievable. Johnny was one of my best friends in middle school and his laugh is forever in my head. Such a genuine and sweet kid and I think about him everyday. RIP Johnny

steph k

Yeah four years June 7th. I still can't believe it. I remember always being over his house with my sister. Johnny was one of my best friends and he was such a good kid. I miss him all the time and will never forget him.


i miss you everday johnny, i know it has been a while but i will never forget you. i love you and hear your laugh all the time.


We also miss Johnny everyday, never more so than at this time of year. My older daughter grew up with him. I have always been disturbed by the fact that Johnny and another boy, found passed out on a lawn nearby, were asked to leave. If only someone had just called their parents to pick them up, or even the police, this tragedy might have been avoided. It also disturbs me that it appears one of the "hosts" first actions was to be sure their name was not reported in the press and to create the impression that the host (which was a classmate; I understand no parent was present) was not involved in the drinking, which I believe is not true. I have seen plenty of other news reports where the host families in similar circumstances were not only reported, but sometimes arrested. To me, this flies in the face of good parenting and teaching our children to take responsibility for their own actions. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why trynguess above notes that these boys were still drinking.


miss you johnny, love you and think about you constantly. I see you through julian everyday. you live on through other people.

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