Worlds collide in booze debate

It's illegal for minors to drink alcohol, but has 21st century prohibition gone too far? The Hook's portrayal of the 16-arrest WAHS party and the Progress account have little in common. Is that a good thing, or does one account come closer to the truth?

Other media accounts including one on NBC29 and one by the newsplex were of the heroic-officers-stop-the-madness rather than taking a cops-awaken-harmless-camping-teens plot line.

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I think the two accounts are pretty similar, with The Hook piece providing the added context that comes when writing
for a weekly publication, presumably.

quote: "heroic-officers-stop-the-madness"

The rookies should be out patrolling businesses and residential neighborhoods. But I don't guess police departments do this any longer, do they? The Shelby Drive incidents of recent prove this perhaps?

Two soundbites from the Hook story (which may have been taken out of context) jump out at me, personally:

"'I'm furious, just furious,' says another parent, whose daughter missed the chance to play at the state championships."

"'I couldn't sign because it would be a lie,' says one Western athlete, who spoke to the Hook on condition of anonymity. 'I thought it was unfair. I worked for four years for this and didn't get to play. How many senior kids in the past have been drinking but got to play their matches?'"

The bottom line is this: the moment a student-athlete-- or anyone under the age of 21, for that matter-- decides to put a glass to their lips and take a sip, they have actively and knowingly made a choice to break the law. Some of these students have given away their chance to play in a championship game this year as a result of that choice; others, however, have been profoundly more unfortunate. Every choice has consequences, and some are more dire than others. Until these kids take ownership of this conscious choice that they themselves have made, no good has come of any of this debate. We need only look at the priorities set by some of our parents-- 'furious' that their child has lost the privilege to participate, and apparently not at the fact that she is drinking-- to see where our some of our students get their sense of entitlement.

Again, if these comments are made on statements taken out of context, my apologies follow to the persons involved.