I don't know how many of you have seen this story: Owner of skydiving company denies parachute problems led to teen - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com.
Being a skydiver myself, I've read through as many articles as I can, researched the reports on what actually happened, and have come to my own conclusions on the matter. I have my opinion on the matter, especially when it comes to responsibility.
There are a few things that are not put forward in this article that I think are relevant.
1. Both her mother and father signed a release form to allow her to jump, doing so at the drop zone in front of witnesses.
2. The family actively sought out a drop zone in Oklahoma because those near their home in Texas would not allow her to jump until age 18.
3. The father is upset now, saying that the drop zone should have never let her jump because she wasn't 18.
I just want to get opinions from those who are not in this sport: do you think that the family should be allowed to sue the drop zone? My personal feeling is that any judge worth their salt should laugh a case like this out of court. After all, why should this be any different than handing the keys and controls of several thousand pounds of killing machine over to a 16-year-old?