Tyler Greene

Tyler Greene, of Paulding, had just completed summer classes at Harvard University in Massachusetts when he leaped into the Charles River to celebrate the end of summer school.

Taking a dip in the Charles River is a summertime ritual for Harvard students. But the computer programming major didn’t know how to swim.

After leaping into the water, Greene disappeared under the murky surface of the water and drowned.

His mother, Leonie Grant, told WSB-TV that her son probably misjudged the river's depth when he followed other students into the water.

"He did not realize that the water was actually that deep," Grant said.

Greene, who graduated from East Paulding High School in May, was eager to return home to his mother and sister.

When he wasn't hitting the books he worked to help support his single mom and younger sister.

"He has gone above and beyond to help me with his sister,” Grant told Channel 2 News.

"Tyler was a kindhearted person,” Grant said. “He was a caring person, and even in death, because he was an organ donor. He’s still giving.”

Grant said she is thankful that her son's kindness and generosity will live on in others.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I get it, it's because Malia's going here right? Right.

    RIP young fella.

  • Noirluv45

    So sad! Following the crowd can lead to death. I feel so bad for him, his mother and sister. He had a future ahead of him and now his family is left without his contribution to the family.

  • TDK

    Did the others not try and save him?

  • Noirluv45

    I was wondering that too.

  • Vonn

    Rest in peace young man.

  • SpillyNillie

    So unfortunate...prayers up for his mother and sister...

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Damn...Drowning is my biggest fear. R.I.P....Prayers for his family.

  • Vern

    Damn....another good one gone too soon. RIP.

  • SaltineCrackers

    :(

  • countering dumbness

    He leaped into a river but couldn't swim? Poor, young man. He probably thought the water was just a few feet deep. Such a horrible way to go. Praying for his family and friends.

  • countering dumbness

    Right?!

  • hotntot95

    This is awful...?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    So tragic. I really need to get myself and the kids swimming lessons.

  • Buttercup

    I feel like it's equally as important to teach our children how to swim as it is to teach them how to read. Lawd, my condolences to his family.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Has someone ever been on your mind. How have you handled it.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Yes. PEP7 learning to swim was the best thing ever. She swims better than me now. She's a fish in water and I can now just watch and have fun with her. Do it. You won't regret it.

  • PussyGal0re

    Bless his soul...always the good ones ?

  • SaltineCrackers

    Uhh Sandra can we get at least one good news post today?

  • Buttercup

    Yep. I thought about reaching out and then tried to recall why it is that we haven't spoken in a while. After understanding why that it, I realized that I should leave them right where they are- the past.

  • hottlanta

    I know it's time for a vacation. I am scared if I catch a plane it might crash. RIP.

  • PussyGal0re

    Find something else to occupy your mind. Get a hobby, a new interest or join the gym. As long as you're idle, you will obsess. Read. It helps me immensely.

  • Buttercup

    Alladis! Lil Butter did 2 years of year-round lessons starting when he was 4. Now when we go to the beach, he swims as a workout with us, boogie boards, surfs, and snorkels. Vacations are much more enjoyable, because we're not limited to only standing in the water and building sandcastles.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Jesus, support & surround this family.

  • RespectSelf

    This is very sad.

  • SpillyNillie

    Yes it is! We had 6 teens in my hometown drown all at once in 2010. The saddest part, their mothers watched from the river bank because they were unable to swim as well. It was VERY sad. The city gave free swimming lessons that summer.

  • God’s child to the end

    ymca was one the best decisions I ever made as a parent.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    If you cannot swim,learn, or STAY AWAY FROM WATER. RIP young man.

  • Buttercup

    That is heart wrenching! I definitely want to become and certified swim instructor and give free lessons to those in my hometown.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    That would be my former bestie. Every now and again, she'll cross my mind and I'll have an "aww, I miss our laughs" moment, but when the moment is over I put her way back in the closet of my mind where she belongs. I'll never forget why we are no longer friends, so I wish her well in life, but that's about it.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    It's worth it. I'm in a class now and I love it.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I had looked into getting both my girls lessons this past spring, but I waited too late to register them. But it's on my list to do for next spring.

  • Buttercup

    We are always on the same page; although, I went against my better judgement and hung out with one of my former besties the past weekend. On top of all of the madness she had been going through which caused me to distance myself from her- she'd been shot since the last time we spoke. God is telling me to love her from a distance. I hear him loud and clear.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Why was she shot?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    You can do fall if it's indoors. Let's make sure we both do it.

  • Buttercup

    I've enrolled Lil Butter into Atlanta Swim Academy. They have an indoor pool, so he'll go year round. (He said he wants to swim competitively eventually). If there's a place that does year round lessons near you, I would highly urge you to do it.

  • Buttercup

    Check Groupon. They have good deals on swim lessons.

  • yoni

    Almighty bless this young man!

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I love this! I used to swim with her on my back. The struggle? Vacations are much more fun.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Why do I feel like that was on the news? That sounds really familiar. It was so sad.

  • yoni

    If we believed the power of our thoughts, we'd NEVER think or speak a negative thought again.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Stop the water on black crime. We need to learn to swim better before we have the BLM movement. TUH. *hair flip & walks off* LOL

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    WHAT?!?! Okay, I need the story behind this being shot thing. My former bestie reached out when her aunt passed. I knew the aunt and I liked her. I knew my former friend was hurting, but...I just said a prayer for her and the family and never responded to the email. I felt bad, but her friendship is toxic. And I don't any parts of that in my life now.

  • LeBrick James

    That's wise. There are some people you just need to love from a distance.

  • Nonya Bizness

    I can't swim, and I worked at the town pool for a few years(not as a lifeguard). I can swim underwater, but not now that I wear contacts. Worked at the same pool I almost drown in and had to be pulled out of. I just doggy paddle. My dumb butt got in a lake with an inner tube, holding onto it, doggy paddling. I regretted that move not too long after.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Okay, **pinky swear** The place I was going to take them is right around the corner from me and I know they can swim year round because my mom teaches water aerobics there to the old people once a week. So I'll run up there this week and see what their schedule is.

  • Sucker Free

    Hay Boo.. u know how to swim? I do, I love it, I swim like a fish.

    Everyone should learn...its fun and a great workout

    RIP

  • She_ShowOut

    God forgive me, for assuming foulplay...but are they sure he jumped and was not pushed in? He was too smart for this...wasn't he? Who would jump into water knowing they couldn't swim. The people I know that can't swim wouldn't jump into the shallow end of the pool...even if blood hounds were chasing them. ijs

  • SaltineCrackers

    Don't let fear stop you! Go on that vacation! More planes arrive safely at their destinations everyday then have ever crashed.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers will be with this grieving family.?

    If there is 1 thing that you should make a must --- especially with young kids --- is ensure that your kids know how to swim. One thing that I found better than "swim schools" and "swimming lessons" is to sign your kid up for a community-based swim team. There's likely one in you area. Check the internet or your local community center.

    After spending hundreds of dollars on courses for my kids over several years, they still did not seem to be decent swimmers. On the suggestion of a friend, I enrolled them in an area swim team. The fees were $125 each for the entire summer and they were in the water 4-5 times a week. The sheer repetition "forced" them to learn and retain. Not only did they finally learn to swim, by the end of the summer they could do every major stroke and were placing in meets. Granted, the swim meets can often be marathons. But having the peace of mind of letting an 8 & 10 year old at the time go to pool parties and camps without fear was well worth it.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    You have to live your life. Don't let fear hinder you from missing out.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Yeah I'm currently taking lessons.

  • yoni

    He looks like he could be Yandy's ppl.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Soul you and me are on the same page in re to ex besties.
    Now...shot? O hell no. God sent you a clear message.

  • Ms. YaYa

    This is so sad....what were the bystanders doing while he was going under???

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Murky waters....probably couldn't see.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    What bothers me is how cost prohibitive it is. But I guess in the end it's priceless.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Glad I missed the Wendel post.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Ok, when I read he leaped into the river, I thought it meant from the ground next to the river, NOT from a footbridge above the river.This story makes it sound like he and other students were standing by the river and jumped in. He jumped off the bridge at 8:25 pm, and started flailing his arms, before he was discovered after a 25 minute search.
    So sad. May he RIP.

  • Nonya Bizness

    And it was 8:25 pm.

  • MsSincerity

    I'm with you. That makes no sense at all. #foulplay

  • product of 79

    Dam man... Rest well young sir ? praying for his mom and lil sis as well...

  • Finding Forever…

    AWWWW...GO ON GAL. The BEST. I'm TRYING to get a 60 years & damn near 40 years old mom & sister to learn. ALL my mother says, "if it's too much to drink then she ain't getting in"...LOL. So many childhood pics are without her in the water besides her feet being in. You won't regret it.

  • Finding Forever…

    AWWWW...GO ON GAL. The BEST. I'm TRYING to get a 60 years & damn near 40 years old mom & sister to learn. ALL my mother says, "if it's too much to drink then she ain't getting in"...LOL. So many childhood pics are without her in the water besides her feet being in. You won't regret it.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    ALL my mother says, "if it's too much to drink then she ain't getting in"...LOL.

    ^^^^
    ????

  • harley_quinn2.0

    ALL my mother says, "if it's too much to drink then she ain't getting in"...LOL.

    ^^^^
    ????

  • Mrs. ??????????

    Probably didn't know he was in trouble until it was too late.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    Probably didn't know he was in trouble until it was too late.

  • She_ShowOut

    My condolences to his family...but I would demand an investigation. Someone could have been jealous of his intelligence and didn't want to see him succeed.

  • She_ShowOut

    My condolences to his family...but I would demand an investigation. Someone could have been jealous of his intelligence and didn't want to see him succeed.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    Sounds really odd that person that knew he couldn't swim would jump into a river.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Swimming lessons are important. Got ours at a young age glad I did saved my uncle's life when he dived into a 15 foot pool w/o a life guard those men in my family (sigh).

  • LeBrick James

    Been there.

    I think sometimes we hold on to certain friendships longer than we really need to. If a friendship just keeps bringing negative energy into your life, maybe it's time to let go. Not every friendship is supposed to last for a lifetime. I've learned that the hard way myself.

  • imright

    Y would a person jump n the water knowing they couldnt swim?? most black ppl that cant swim dont even "play" when it comes to water! much less guess at depth. ? strange

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I got a good snicker off of this:

    https://instagram.com/p/BIip0hRAVjB/

  • Jusstlookn To Stay Woke

    Sorry to hear of this....may his family find comfort and peace one day.

    Sandra is this Doom, Gloom and mayhem Monday.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Here's a video that shows the bridge he jumped from, with other people at a different time jumping off. I can see how once he hit the water, it may have been cold, esp at 8:25 pm, he panicked, and couldn't even doggy paddle to the edge.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxXYfgrrMT8

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    as well how to think critically and independently and not always be a follower. condolences to the family

  • Cricket404

    A friend of mine whose son was there said he was dared to jump in off the bridge, she posted right after it happened. Media has it wrong either to protect Harvard or the witnesses were coached.

  • Finding Forever…

    A MESS...DISASTER. Giiiiiirrrrrllll cruises (she claims it's not enough life vests & sources), trips to the beach, the pool...SHE JUST WON'T DO. She was pushed in as a kid, but DAMN. My brother & I learned due in large part to my Dad. We stop asking her butt to get in at about 10 & 6, LOL. We already knew "the damn answer" & that was her response...STILL to this day. I can't wait for a kid or two because thats ALL I would want to do...SWIM vacay. Water sign of Pisces doesn't help either.

  • Gabriella Greentree

    All i can hear is my father saying " if all your lil dumb friends jump off a bridge are you gonna jump too?"

  • country57

    Huh?? What does the President's daughter have to do with this story?

  • PK

    sigh......

  • LibraGirlonly

    Oh my goodness this poor guy didn't get a chance to live his life. How sad. Damn is there any good news today Sandra? Can we get a pic of Blue ir something.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Oh my goodness this poor guy didn't get a chance to live his life. How sad. Damn is there any good news today Sandra? Can we get a pic of Blue ir something.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Yeah, I hear you. But I'll suck it up and pay it for my peace of mind.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Yeah, I hear you. But I'll suck it up and pay it for my peace of mind.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    He peeled off ??

  • harley_quinn2.0

    He peeled off ??

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I screamed.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I screamed.

  • LibraGirlonly

    ???? Don't you come up once you jump in the water? I can't swim and I was told that if you go in you always come back up to the top.

  • LibraGirlonly

    ???? Don't you come up once you jump in the water? I can't swim and I was told that if you go in you always come back up to the top.

  • Sucker Free

    I concur...I'd like a post on misty copeland's wedding...her man is so fine

    Hurray for black love ?

  • Sucker Free

    I concur...I'd like a post on misty copeland's wedding...her man is so fine

    Hurray for black love ?

  • stanley

    Wait... his friends couldn't grab him? Smh

  • stanley

    Wait... his friends couldn't grab him? Smh

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    I started in May. I was like are you crazy, when the teacher said we had to put our heads in the water and blow bubbles through our nose. It was like I ain't no damn fish. Sadly, I had to move it from the top to the bottom of my bucket list.

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    I started in May. I was like are you crazy, when the teacher said we had to put our heads in the water and blow bubbles through our nose. It was like I ain't no damn fish. Sadly, I had to move it from the top to the bottom of my bucket list.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Dam. What were the other people doing? Standing around watching him drown. I almost drown once and people were literally standing around watching me drown. Tf.

    Prayers go out to the family.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Dam. What were the other people doing? Standing around watching him drown. I almost drown once and people were literally standing around watching me drown. Tf.

    Prayers go out to the family.

  • Ni Ni

    I almost drowned in a similar manner as a child. I was at a team pool party, couldn't swim but the slide looked so enticing. I jumped in and luckily a white man jumped in and saved me (?all yts ain't bad). I'm wondering if alcohol was involved in this case. Anyway, RIp young fellow.

  • Ni Ni

    I almost drowned in a similar manner as a child. I was at a team pool party, couldn't swim but the slide looked so enticing. I jumped in and luckily a white man jumped in and saved me (?all yts ain't bad). I'm wondering if alcohol was involved in this case. Anyway, RIp young fellow.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    How did you make it out?

  • BeantownBabe

    They do this all the time. He is the 2nd student to drown this year in the Charles
    RIP

  • Blaque Mahogany

    That's a good point! You can't swim but you dive off a bridge into a lake? Hmmm.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    My sister swims her tail off...however I was not blessed with fish fins. My mom and dad had a pool...she fell in once grabbing for me and i was like YIKES and stepped back yelling-SAVE YOURSELF! She was royally pi$$ed at me when she surfaced. But she can swim. I cannot. She sent me to a camp where a kid threw me in the water and I almost drowned. So that still haunts me. My sister saved one of my twin boys when he fell in, so I am ok with going a separate way from the water.

  • T3

    This is so unfortunate. It seems he would have been bright enough to make a better judgment. So so sad. RIP

  • Vonn

    It's tough, but you can't let the toxicity seep into you. Glad you maintained your strength.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    A lot of people don't swim well enough to save other people. Even if you do, if you think the other person might take you down with them it's best you stay away from them.

  • Karma WhO

    Rip baby...

  • goat

    Teach your kids how to swim and to respect the force of water, especially in natural settings.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    The craziest thing someone said to me in forcing me to learn is...if you keep your mouth closed and don't swallow the water, you won't drown...
    Ok-I guess I can see that, but I'm to busy trying to flap my arms. I can't walk and talk...breathe AND keep my mouth closed from screaming...sorry.

    Rest in Heaven lil' homie!

  • I aint the one

    If he held his breath and didn't exhale while under, he should have floated back up. But, as a nonswimmer, he might not have known to do that

  • Finding Forever…

    So young & his whole life ahead of him...Rest in Peace. ISR (infant swim rescue) is a great source starting kids off young from 6 months to 6 years. It's not about swimming but the actual saving of life if a child were to fall in water. Start off young because there won't be the fear of water, but it's NEVER too late to learn lessons.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I guess. I would try to do something...hell at least turn my head. I wouldn't just stand there and watch someone flail to death.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol. Eventually. Not necessarily breathing...

    It's not funny but...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Saved my life too.

  • That’s Interesting

    So so sad. RIP baby boy.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Call 911, scream for help. All of those things are helpful too. If it was night time and the water was murky you're limited in what you can do. There's no reason for you to drown too. I get wanting to help but sometimes you have to help by getting others that can help.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I had taken swim classes and fortunately I remembered the instruction. When you are in a pool, I was taught to go down to the bottom and leap. I essentially did that until I was close enough to reach the side. In theory, you are supposed to leap, wave your arms and attempt to scream, to get attention. But seeing as how mf'ers were just watching me drown I had to improvise and save myself.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    So you would just stand there and watch? I mean I get you can't necessarily save the person but are you just going to watch them drown?

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Roses, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS JIM CROW NONSENSE?
    **Jim Crow laws have been off the books for years, but that hasn’t stopped individual states and cities from coming up with new ways to depress minority voter turnout.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/a-georgia-town-is-sending-police-to-black-residents-homes-to-challenge-their-voting-rights/

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    If you are drowning, you need to remain calm. Sounds crazy but flapping your arms and flailing around aren't going to do anything but make you drown faster.

  • Junkanoo

    Sandra is a Debbie downer ....... we deserve some feel good news as well . The good die young sadly

  • That’s Interesting

    I can't swim. I don't go past two...MAYBE three...feet. I don't even like the feel of being in water. I had an incident as a kid too...with some white people who took us to a pool???

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Rofl...lawd you are dumb.

  • yallcrazy

    He sound like he was a beautiful person. Rip young man

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I know...says the calm person who can swim. I cannot on the other hand, and it is difficult for a person who has a fear of swimming, water and drowning to keep calm. Tried it. Nope, not gon' be able to do it... after that boy threw me in and I almost drowned, I have been faced with this fear for many many moons. :(

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Why, Yoni?

  • yallcrazy

    Mine is fire. I think I'd rather drown than be in a fire. Both are horrible though

  • Finding Forever…

    My sister saved her friend too without being able to swim...well sort of. She & her friend snuck down to the pool & her friend was playing & kept going backwards but didn't know the dip of the ground. My sister said all she saw was bubbles & her flailing arms. My sister threw the beach towel in & her friend grabbed it & she pulled her to the side. Her home gurl was in tears & she. I asked why she didn't jump in (to get her going) & she says, "what's the point of us both drowning & she didn't (still doesn't) know how to swim to even save her if she wanted to."

  • yoni

    I'm serious. His mouth and eyes favor hers.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    So you saved yourself ??? Thank God you had the knowledge to do that but it's sad no one tried to help.

  • That’s Interesting

    I don't know if it was foul play, but it makes absolutely no sense. Teens still have very bad judgment tho. Maybe he succumbed to peer pressure. Also the smarter they are, the worse their judgment seems to be.

  • nucynu25

    Am.like wtf ..am sorry the young man lost his life but this a classic case of book smarts but no common sense .

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    How did he go from pinned on the ground by TWO officers to screeching out of there in his car?!? Wow. I know those 2 cops were embarassed as hell!

  • MyNameIs

    Wow. Heartbreaking. It seems he had a bright future ahead of him. :-(

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    I said call 911, screen for help. That's not doing nothing. Everyone doesn't swim strong enough to jump out in the water and they shouldn't. There will be instances where the best help you can provide is getting someone else. If that means in the process you 'watch' them drown then unfortunately that's the way it is.

    If I don't feel like I can save them I'm probably not jumping in the water. This seems to have happened at night, in murky water. Unless it's my child or my close relative, I can't see me taking the risk.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    As they should be.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Take classes. Keep working at it. It could save your life. Otherwise stay the hell away from water. LOL.

  • Milani

    I'm afraid of swimming also, and had the nerve to serve in the Navy, of all branches, smh...

    ...in basic we had to pass a swim qual, which was jumping into the water, swimming out a certain distance, swimming back to the wall and then jumping from a 10ft tower and swimming to the wall again...I learned REAL QUICK to stay calm and relax while in the water. I can now do the basics for survival, but unless I really have to, I don't swim...ever. It's just a crippling phobia for me to be in a pool.

  • yoni

    New post - white privilege

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Lord, My cousin was in the Navy as well. She's honorably discharged, but she tells me that basic training was tough. It made her strong too...Strong like BULL strong. I don't blame you, because the closest I get to water is in a Deer Park Bottle. Seriously...

  • harley_quinn2.0

    YMCA has great instructors. It's worth it.

  • I aint the one

    It's scary and everything happens so fast that you don't have time to process it. But if you can't swim and find yourself in this situation, take a deep breath before jumping in, lean back into the water in a horizontal position (like laying on your back in the bed) and your lungs will float you to the surface in seconds. Once you're up above water, stay in that position so you're taking in the air needed to stay buoyant and scream for help.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Not the particular incidents in Georgia, but I am familiar with the other information in the article.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I am looking. I really want to get over this fear. I am not scared of anything....except water! I am a daredevil. I do motorcycles, I will roller coaster, skate board, even top a statue of liberty if i have to, but won't even go into a shallow end of a pool at my parents house...I start hyperventilating etc! I look at the bathing suit in the drawer and it's like cryptonite! its a damn nightmare!

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I am pondering...........

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Black lives can't matter with all this violence. The water committing atrocious acts against black people. I couldn't even type that with a straight face. Lol

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Riiiight! I said that to my mom, but my hands went up when she tried to grab me. I am glad we can laugh at it, but she gets quiet when i let her know she sent me to a bad camp with nutty kids who think its funny throwing other kids in the water to drown, or we wouldn't be having this conversation.

    Your sister's story is so horrific! I am glad they both lived to talk about it! God bless them.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I'm so sorry Tyler....he probably just thought he would stand up in the water and everything would be okay. Prayers to his family.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Yep. I can swim but I have been thinking about going to take some lessons so I can Michael Phelp these heauxs. I want to swim like a dolphin. Lbvs.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I definitely remember seeing it on the news. One kid jumped in after the other trying to save each other.

  • A D N

    Who is the someone?

  • NegraGata

    This is sad, but I have a question. Did he not know he COULD NOT swim??? Was he goaded into jumping??? Did he do it because it was tradition, if so why did he need to fit in so badly???

    That's all that comes to my mind.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    That's my goal too LOL

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Do it ?

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Look Virgo...you know we like to ponder longer than the Nike commercial. This may take a while!! lololol

  • harley_quinn2.0

    The first day was rough but I feel good about my progress. Hopefully we can get to Michael Phelps status one day LOL.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Do it boo you'll probably end up loving it.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Nature is nothing to play with

  • Buttercup

    We're definitely going to have to get together soon. I'll tell you all about it.

  • Buttercup

    It was an "accident."

  • Buttercup

    It was an "accident."

  • barbeez

    Not much to say here. I know I can't swim so I don't jump in any body of water. RIP

  • barbeez

    Not much to say here. I know I can't swim so I don't jump in any body of water. RIP

  • She_ShowOut

    Yeah, just like some of the smartest egg-heads at my school used to blow up the labs on weekly basis...with their creations.

  • She_ShowOut

    Yeah, just like some of the smartest egg-heads at my school used to blow up the labs on weekly basis...with their creations.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I hear it is a good cardio and helps you with upper body strength...

  • Anna Maria

    So very sad. May his young soul rest in eternal peace.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Stay AWAY from water boo or learn to swim. Glad you didn't drown.??

  • Trey

    Just told my 14 year old last night before her first day of HS...."dont be a follower"

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Yikes

  • Toni ToniToni

    Love when I see that others know exactly what they are doing in order to divert attention from stories that they don't want to gain attention....

  • Toni ToniToni

    REST IN PEACE to this young man. Geesh, no one tried to save him....?

  • PrettyMe

    I can't swim and I'm not jumping into pools or lake. Even if I see everyone doing it I'm going to alert others that I can't swim so they can watch out for me.

  • PrettyMe

    True but book smarts doesn't equate to common sense. I can't swim and I avoid puddles.

  • BlahBlahBlah

    i got homies scared to take a bath, moms, teach yo kids water safety, save a life.

  • imright

    thats the story i hear alot w ppl not swimming, FEAR!! mostly from a child hood experience!! i hope u over come it

  • That’s Interesting

    Thanks!

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Last post was about Malia Obama being a wild teen who is going to attend Harvard. This post is about another teen at Harvard. The way this blog is set up...

  • LibraGirlonly

    Oh ok so I will not be jumping in a pool or lake thanks.

  • Mystery User

    If you don't know how to swim, why go into the water like that? Ritual be damned! I go to the pool but I don't go ANYWHERE near where I can accidentally fall in or someone can push me in jokingly. When I get in, I stay no deeper than bust high water. I almost drowned as a child so I have a healthy fear!

  • Blue

    This is sad.

  • Anthony Larios

    It's a terible thing, pray for this boy! (Just saying though, the kids smart enough to go to harvard, but still dont know enough to swim? What happened to common skills?)

  • Guess Who

    DAMN.

  • AriesSun

    RIP but this is what happens when you are a follower.

    He had all of the book sense but common sense was not in the
    picture,since he jumped in water knowing he could not swim.

  • eljjai

    I was gonna go all judgmental about decisions and impulse control but then read he's an organ donar. Let the sun come out, no shade here.

  • country57

    Thanks :)

  • KenHay

    R.I.P Tyler.

  • Mel

    Dam RIP young man. See I'm West Indian but I can't swim for sheiit ain't no jumping no where I rather dip my feet in the water and go back in the shade and sit down while I watch everyone else take chances.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I can swim but I don't like to swim.

  • QuietStorm

    Darwinism at work folks.

  • God is working on me!

    This is a prime example of "if your friends jump off the bridge, would you do it too?" It's like embarrassing. It had to be the black kid that couldn't swim right lol

  • Strappyheels

    Obviously not

  • Alisa

    Every time I visit my hometown I hate having to drive thru the tunnels & bridges. Always getting stuck in traffic w/ nothing but water around. Whole time I'm praying God give me the knowledge to doggie paddle & stay afloat until help comes..lol YMCA only had a kiddie pool class. I'm not having them lil kids laughing at my ass.

  • Alisa

    Is it harder or easier than you thought?

  • Alisa

    Uhmmm *raising hand* I can pay..lol I know I'm going to need 1 on 1 because my slow behind needs someone w/patience

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Some things are harder than others. But I'll get it eventually....I'm not giving up lol

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Probably have to do a Google search in your area to find adult sessions.

  • MeLurkyLongTime!

    Most definitely. I pray for and wish his mother sister and the rest of the fam much peace as they grieve through.

  • bella28498 .

    This story remind me of the movie disturbing behavior for some strange reason ???

  • sunni_daze

    Hmmm...If he couldn't swim why would he jump in a river. Something is fishy, maybe he was murdered.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Welp. This would include "besties", men folk AND FAMILY for me.

    I'll be alright...me and King Jesus. ? ? ?

  • Antigone Heart

    R.I.P. to the young man, but I don't support being an organ donor. However, I think it is very considerate of others to do the aforementioned.

  • Noirluv45

    I know, right? Yeah, it's pretty tragic.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    It's still daylight around 915p. It's summer time.

  • Hmmm~?

    If they all jumped into the water at the same time, and, according to the write up, went in and didn't come up, no one would've noticed that he went under. Reading is important.

  • Queen B

    Wow this is so sad ? Unfortunately this is the result of letting others influence u when u knew damn well u didnt know how to swim smh

  • esh

    GOD bless this young man's family and fill in the spaces he left. rip kiddo.

  • THE Queen

    DAng, dude straight jumped to his death! My mother used to always ask me if 10 of your friends are jumping off a building, are you going to do this too???? I guess shismother never taught him that, this is insane. black people wake up, how you got all this online presence and all this rackety yak and can't swim?? WTF.. well I can't swim either but Im saying.. I aint jumping in NOBODYS river!

  • THE Queen

    DAng, dude straight jumped to his death! My mother used to always ask me if 10 of your friends are jumping off a building, are you going to do this too???? I guess shismother never taught him that, this is insane. black people wake up, how you got all this online presence and all this rackety yak and can't swim?? WTF.. well I can't swim either but Im saying.. I aint jumping in NOBODYS river!

  • Jayde da Blade

    soooo. he couldn't swim but jumped in anyways.smh..