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Never forget she was 12 years old
In all the events surrounding the Chris Collins case, the victim's age should remain front and center

by Berry Tramel Published: November 9, 2007
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She was 12 years old.

What do you say we don't forget that? What do you say we don't let that drift off into the margins? What do you say that remains front and center as the Chris Collins case makes its way through the Oklahoma State administration?

She was 12 years old. Twelve years old, and she foolishly snuck out of her house.

As we discuss what should become of this linebacker, as we discuss where Mike Gundy went wrong, as we discuss how this tragedy could affect OSU football, don't get too far from the core.

She was 12 years old. Twelve years old and snuck out of her house and hopped into a car with some older guys.

As ABC comes to Stillwater to televise one of America's biggest games Saturday, and we wonder how the Cowboys will fare without Collins in the middle and how his teammates will respond to such bombshell news, don't forget that the most important number is not on the scoreboard.

She was 12 years old. Twelve years old and snuck out of her house and hopped into a car with some older guys, and they drove her to the Comfort Suites in Texarkana, Texas.

As we demand to know what Gundy was thinking when he brought in Collins on scholarship, trying to be Father Flanagan or Dennis Erickson, and we wonder what kind of research was conducted that made anyone think this was a good idea, maybe this is the detail that slipped from scrutiny.

She was 12 years old. Twelve years old and snuck out and hopped into a car with some older guys, and they drove her to the Comfort Suites and gave her vodka and orange juice.

As we talk about second chances and a "good kid” who made a mistake and a model citizen on campus, let's not forget the victim.

She was 12 years old.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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