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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Making a List, Checking it for ..... WHAT?

"Campaign against teen drinking stirs debate"

There is an article in today's Patriot News about the Camp Hill School District's campaign against teen drinking. I'm all for curbing it, but I don't like that the school sending pledge forms for parents to sign.

The form says that the adults/parents will not serve or allow teens to drink or use drugs in their homes. The part that bothers me is that the school is going to post a list of WHO HAS SIGNED the form on the internet. Their reasoning is that parents can check to check if the home that their kids are going to is on the list -- so that they know that their kids will be safe.


The principal states that there aren't any statistics or studies that say that something like this will do anything to curb substance abuse. Athletes at the school have been signing a similar form for years, and they still drink. Only if they are caught do they miss any games (and I've overheard a parent say - almost bragging - that their kid played a game even tho' he had been caught drinking the weekend before.

And kids don't always get alcohol from parents' homes -- remember that Nevik got his from the Army Reserves when he was still underage.

If the school is going to have lists, I want one that lists which houses have guns.


At 6:32 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

Yeah, the Internet list thing is kinda over-the-top. And I agree -- I'd rather see a pledge list of homes that have no guns or other lethal weapons. Since when have teens gotten their booze from parents? That's pretty rare... Teens get booze from the teens who LOOK older and buy it for all, or from college age twenty-somethings.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

I read that article this morning, and thought it pretty pointless--I mean, AS IF. Agreed! The List is a bad thing. What's next?

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Yep. The list on the internet is intended to put pressure on you to sign. As if the types of people who WOULD give the kids alcohol would have any qualms about falsely signing the form.

I'm all for the campaign against kids drinking, but the list and the pledge are just something to do/say when you have no idea what to do/say.


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