Editorial – Don’t drink this prom season

May 13, 2014

By Staff

Prom season is upon us. All across America, high school seniors are finding new and creative ways to ask each other to the big dance, girls are searching for the perfect dress and at least one boy is determined to be that guy wearing the white tux with tails and a top hat. (Special private note to him: You don’t actually want to be that guy.)

While parents are watching this unfold — and “Sunrise, Sunset” plays somewhere in their minds — they must remember how important it is that they continue the work they’ve done to keep their children safe.

The prom itself is going to be well-staffed with little opportunity for the kids to get up to no good. The after-parties, however, can be dangerous. Certainly, the vast majority of local students will have a good time and come home safely with a head full of memories from that last big night of high school.

Others, however, will get black-out drunk and not remember much at all. This is what parents need to be careful to watch for.

Yes, it’s important to give your teens freedom and let them experience life. Many of them have already been accepted to a college, have one foot out the door and chafe at parental rules.

That doesn’t mean it’s time to let them do what they want. Those questions you’ve been asking — Who will be there? When will you be home? — are still important. Just as important is making sure the kids stay sober.

Issaquah has had an unusually high percentage of its minors caught drinking and driving. It’s only blind luck that has stopped those incidents from becoming a tragedy.

Parents, don’t let your children drink. Don’t provide them with alcohol and tell yourself, at least I know where they are — that’s the first step on a very slippery slope.

Students, don’t do anything foolish — there will be plenty of time for that once you’re in college. You’ve worked very hard to get to this point in your life, don’t let it end in a tragedy.

 

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