Parents need a wake up
Original post made by don't get it, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2008
So, what is wrong with this town? Why are parents telling their kids that it is ok to drive their friends the same week that they get their license and why are the police not setting up "stops" after school to check on drivers (like they do for drinking on New Years). Why are parents not realizing that the drinking and drugs are rampant at both high schools even with Freshman and Sophomores and why are the police not patroling the exterior campuses to stop the kids from stepping a foot off campus (this is not a school issue because someone decided that it was important to give kides off campus rights) to break the law? Why are we letting our kids abuse alcohol, drugs and sex at 15, 16, 17 and turning a blind eye. How many of you know that house parties go on continually while you are out of town and that tremendous use of drugs and alcohol are used. When you are home they still party hard but then they drive at the same time. No this is not "the other high school" this is going on with the children from your child's school. Parents seem almost afraid to address these issues for fear that their neighbor may not care or want to know. I know, I know... we were all in high school once and we "all experimented" but do you want to know what the big difference is between now and then? At that time, we knew that we were sneaking and trying something that we knew was illegal. Today, there are no consequences and our children are being taught that it is only illegal if you get caught. Big difference.
As Bob Cosby says, "WAKE UP PEOPLE" these are children (yes children) gone wild at alarming rates and at earlier and earlier ages.