Teens will drink; keep them safe
I was very sorry to hear about the drastic steps taken by what seems to be an overzealous prosecutor (“Two arrested for giving minors alcohol at after-prom party,” May 27 Democrat). While I have to agree that underage drinking is a concern, I would also have to say that this makes me a huge hypocrite. As I reflect on my high school years it is a miracle that I survived to reach adulthood. I can recall several times where I went to a friend’s house, had a few if not a few too many drinks and drove home. I’m sure many of us can recall similar incidents. For some reason kids have an attitude of invincibility which can lead to some very poor decisions being made, as parents we can only pray that our children learn from their mistakes and not die from them.
It amazes me that as a society we say “I do not condone teen sex” and give out condoms and other forms of birth control just in case, and then with the same breath we condemn underage drinking and demonize those that offer a safety net for when it does occur. I realize this is an uncomfortable and very slippery slope, but I would hate to imagine the “what if” had my son gone to some other party, drank and tried to drive home. Those of you who think your kids are the exception might need a reality check. Those perfect little children we raise are just like we were, curious, rebellious, and at times a little mischievous.
I hope this letter in some way helps to explain my mixed emotions. While in a perfect world I would have my son wait till he is of legal age to drink, I am not naive enough to expect it. For this reason I am thankful to both Patricia Parrish Linn and Gregory Ray Wright for making sure every kid in attendance made it home safe. From some of the statistics I have read, this is not always the case for prom night. I read that more than 1/3 of all fatal accidents involving teens happen in the months of April, May and June, the months normally associated with prom.
It is my most heartfelt wish to let everyone know what a loving, caring, and supportive parent you are Patti. You have raised some amazing kids, and from what I have witnessed getting to know your son Hunter these past two years, you have a lot to be proud of.
Teens will drink; keep them safe
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