The truth about consequences

Several area students now see what so many in Hollywood can't

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Some people never learn.

Let’s hope our own kids aren’t among them.

Just weeks after losing his ex-wife Whitney Houston to a toxic combination of cocaine and other drugs, singer Bobby Brown was arrested on suspicion of DUI Monday in Los Angeles.

Commentator Bill O’Reilly lashed out at the media after Houston’s death, and rightly so. Whenever a celebrity crashes in a fireball of self-destructive behavior, particularly drugs and alcohol, the media act as if it’s just one person’s problem.

They then go on to deify that person and to ignore the broader implications of his or her death – which is that substance abuse is rife in the entertainment world.

It’s actually being tolerated, if not celebrated – even after Houston’s death.

That’s their problem, of course. But their continued tolerance for drugs and alcohol sends an implicit, if not explicit, message that it’s cool and that, in most cases, there are no serious consequences.

Ask the four expelled Lakeside High School baseball players if there are consequences to one’s behavior.

The obviously-underage players were furnished alcohol by an “adult” recently for a team trip, and drank on the way back from the March 9 game at South Effingham – one of the player’s stomach contents telling the tale on the bus.

They’ve now been kicked out of a terrific school, their academic careers forever marred by a huge mistake born, no doubt, of peer pressure and other influences – including a society in which “guilty pleasure” has become an innocent phrase and responsibility a lost art.

Pray they recover from this setback, and that they and their peers learn this very difficult, but perhaps profitable, lesson.

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Craig Spinks 03/28/12 - 02:02 am
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THANKS.

THANKS.

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Riverman1 03/28/12 - 04:57 am
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These kids admitted their

These kids admitted their mistake, accepted their punishment and will be back playing next year better than ever. Only Lakeside makes the editorial page for discipline problems.

socks99
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socks99 03/28/12 - 03:42 pm
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Granted, plenty of folks "get

Granted, plenty of folks "get in trouble" with liquor and drugs, but a celebrity death might misrepresent most citizens. On the one hand, the older "adults" warn the young about the evils of drink, while themselves enjoying a good one when the opportunity presents.

Unless ACES is going to demand the reimposition of Prohibition, it might be wise to take a more nuanced view of the "demon alcohol" issue. In America, today, we've tried to solve too many of our potential problems using the legal system and law enforcement; and very harsh punishments: And this is why GA leads the nation in the rate of incarceration; and it's why the United States puts more of its own citizens in jail than any other country in the world!

At some point, folks need to realize that "tolerance and understanding" are the right path; and barring such a commensense revelation they ought to at least realize "we" cannot afford to "lock-up" everyone!

"They’ve now been kicked out of a terrific school, their academic careers forever marred by a huge mistake born, no doubt, of peer pressure and other influences – including a society in which “guilty pleasure” has become an innocent phrase and responsibility a lost art."

--This penalty is MUCH too harsh for the alleged infraction.

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Little Lamb 03/28/12 - 03:46 pm
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Good points, Socks. The

Good points, Socks. The alcohol-in-the-bus incident came in the wake of the "Charlie Rape Gang" suspension and the arrest of a CRG copycat. You can bet they are going to increase the penalties when the perception of an out-of-control school system is running around. Things will get back to normal next fall.

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