The truth about consequences

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

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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