I think all of this can be blamed on America's weak commitment to providing a decent education to all of its citizens:

Six teenagers wading in the shallows of a Louisiana river drowned in front of their horrified families after falling into deep water. None of the teens or nearby adults could swim.

A seventh teen, a 14-year-old boy, was rescued. Officials scheduled a news conference Tuesday to release more details about the deaths Monday in the Red River, in a popular recreational area where sand bars give way to 20-foot depths.

"They had one lifejacket here. As you can imagine, everybody started yelling for help," said Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick.