Tempe Man Falls Eight Floors Out of New York City Dorm Room; Hallucinogenic Mushrooms May be to Blame

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Hallucinogenic mushrooms, as far as drugs go, aren't all that damaging to the human body. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control considers "magic mushrooms" less toxic than aspirin. But it's the things people do while under the influence of mushrooms -- like take a header out of an eighth story window -- that makes abusing them dangerous.

A Tempe man living in New York City may have learned about the underlying dangers of psilocybin use in one of the worst ways possible -- police suspect he may have been under the influence of the drug when he fell eight floors out of his dorm room wondow early yesterday morning.

The New York Daily News reports that 19-year-old Michael Simmons, of Tempe, took mushrooms with a group of friends in his dorm room in the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn before falling eight stories to his death.

Simmons, a first-year dramatic arts student at Brooklyn College, split up from the group as the night progressed and was next seen on the sidewalk outside of the building after falling from his window around 2 a.m.

Police don't suspect foul play, but won't say whether it was an accident or suicide. They won't say whether drugs contributed to the fall but friends told the NYDN he and several other friends had taken mushrooms prior to his falling out the window.

Police won't know any more details until an autopsy is performed.

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A horrible accident. But I think it would be faulty to assume that psilocybin mushrooms are a bad thing because of incidents like these, because it is really rare for something like this to happen compared to how widespread the use of shrooms is. Instead let this be a reminder of how important it is to respect this drugs power and have a sitter. (someone who watches over the situation, either very experienced or sober)

Psychedelics can give profound self-insight and work as a tool for learning lessons no school can offer, but if you misuse them you'll pay the price in the form of a bad trip.

Whatever happened in this case, we don't know. It could be a simple accident, it could be psychosis, it could be anything. But the blame is not on the shrooms anymore than the car is to blame when you crashed into a wall.


MIchael Simmons was my best friend and I ask that no one post anything disrespectful on this or any other article involving his death. Please have some respect people. Also, it was not a suicide attempt for all his friends and family reading this. If you knew Mike as well as me, then you already know that he loved his life way too much to commit suicide. I love you Mike, may you rest in peace.


Historically, way back when, TV personality Art Linkletter's daughter took a dive out of a window after dropping some LSD..... she told her friends that she could fly. Lesson: You don't need a parachute to go skydiving. You only need a parachute if you want to do it twice.

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