Bike Thefts, Drugs, Alcohol, cheating and Teen Sex on our high school campuses.
Original post made by Paly Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 18, 2014
Phones are being stolen, but unlike a phone, bikes can't be kept in a pocket or backpack, but have to be left locked up in a bike rack. Even with sturdy locks, bikes are getting stolen and/or damaged. Why don't we have more security such as cameras around the bike racks?
Pot smoking as well as cigarette smoking occurs on campus and alcohol consumption does happen on campus. We also have kids taking medication designed to keep them awake to enable them to survive with little sleep due to homework issues.
Cheating seems to occur and although we only know of one instant where grades have been altered, there are other forms of cheating where parents are "doing" the homework and this happens at all 3 levels of schools.
As for sex, the kids are not being given the message that it is OK to say No - boys and girls - to sex until they are old enough for a sexual relationship. [Portion removed] the message is only about protection from STDs and pregnancy, nothing about the emotional aspects of what teen and preteen sex can bring.
Our kids are in a pressure cooker environment, there are high expectations. Adults in Palo Alto should be helping them deal with all these issues, academics included. I think we are failing to give them the message that a lot of them want to hear which is the same old message of accountability and how to become independent young adults, able to survive the next step of their lives, and to be valued for who they are while still at that very difficult adolescent stage of their lives.
Let's show them we care by example and by giving them some boundaries.