Mother Motivated To Prevent More Fatal Cliff Falls

Noah Krom fell to his death a week before graduation in 2005

Mother Hopes to Prevent More Cliff Deaths In Isla Vista

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The mother of a UCSB student who fell to his death from the cliffs in Isla Vista has a message for students.

Beth Krom said students need to have each other's backs to make sure if doesn't happen again.

Noah Krom died a week before graduation in 2005. He was alone, drunk and took a shortcut to get home.
As the fifth anniversary of his death approached, Beth Krom felt she had work to do to prevent her heartbreak from happening to another family.

She created STRIVE, an acronym for students taking responsibility in Isla Vista everyday.

In early February, the former mayor of Irvine, Calif. met with the UCSB chancellor, elected officials and students.

She reminded them there have been at least seven fatal falls since 2001.

Krom said a new coral-style fence and warning signs don't cover the whole cliff and won't keep everyone out. But awareness about the deaths and head and spinal cord injuries that have been caused by falls will help.

Her message to students is, "You need to have your own back and you need to have each other's backs. Everyone in Isla Vista knows someone whose wound up at the hospital with alcohol poisoning. Some know kids who have died. What passes for "normal" is anything but."

She called the sense of invincibility that comes with being 17-25 an obstacle. But she is grateful student leaders have taken up the cause of safety in Isla Vista.

As long as there is work to be done, she will be there fighting to save another mother's son or daughter from missing our on their graduation and their future.

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