Far too many college students get hurt or killed doing stupid things. Others will be arrested for doing something they know is wrong. Every time you are with your friends, you need someone who can keep others from doing something stupid.
Being in a position where you keep your friends or others from doing stupid things can be very awkward at times. But you don’t want a friend’s death or other serious consequence on your conscience.
The designated stupid protector is a serious position. You can keep people from getting into trouble, like having police charges filed or doing something that could get you suspended or expelled from school. In other cases, you may save a person’s life. In these situations, keeping the person calm is a major key. If they’re your true friend, you will know what makes them calm, and what really pushes their buttons.
It’s not easy being the designated stupid protector. Some friends do things that you least expect. Who knows what they have in mind, but there’s probably nothing good that could result from this. A way to avoid this from happening, is accepting responsibility for your friend’s behavior no matter how dumb they are acting.
While at a party being the designated stupid protector, these are some things you should do.
- Keep away from high ledges, rocks, and water.
- Keep everyone together. NO ONE WANDERS OFF!
- Always know that everybody is safe.
- Never go thinking everyone can take care of themselves. There is always the one who gets way too drunk.
- Lay out a list of rules before you go out and enforce the rules all night.
- If one or more members become violent, keep them separated from the group, but DO NOT abandon them. If possible, have someone take them home.
- If possible, keep the party indoors.
- Make sure all chemicals, fire producing products, and sharp objects are put away.
- You should know the people that are there. Would they carry knives or guns? Make sure that no one has potential weapons.
Keeping your friends in a safe place keeps life changing or terrible experiences from happening. This isn’t to ruin the fun. This is to keep you, your friends, and others at the party safe. Someone falling 90 feet to the bottom of a ravine, or diving off a rock into a pool of water too shallow to dive into, or one of your friends dying from being shot or stabbed, will haunt you for the rest of your life..