Teenagers and Alcohol is a post I wrote a while back but it seems appropriate to share it again after what I read and saw on today’s television news.
Today in the news a teenage athlete answered a call from her girlfriend, who asked her to pick her up from a party because she was drunk and needed a ride home. For this gesture the young athlete was punished by her school stating that she had violated the school’s “zero tolerance” policy.
I have many opinions about drinking teens. I am not in favor of alcohol at parties and underage drinking but I am also not in favor of zero tolerance policies that are misguided and enforced in such a way that they penalize a student for helping her friend get home safely.
Let’s try and teach something here…use this as a chance to address the very serious problem of underage alcohol abuse in high school and college.
It is not all about punishment, it is about education and the responsibility of parents, and schools to make kids aware of the consequences of drinking, drinking to excess and of course driving while drunk.
It is about teaching them to engage parents when faced with caring for friends who are drunk rather than bearing all the burden themselves.
I encourage you to voice your thoughts to the principal at North Andover High…an email firstname.lastname@example.org was left in the comment section of the article posted