Teens Arrested At Beach Week

Teens Arrested At Beach Week

There are 12 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Jun 22, 2007, titled Teens Arrested At Beach Week. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Far from the tiny campus of Sidwell Friends in Northwest, graduates found themselves in the custody of Rehoboth Beach police.

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Well YouKnow

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2007
I can understand that you teach your child right from wrong but their still going to make their own decision. To be honest though, those kids arrested, I bet that was not their first time drinking. In fact most of the time the parents let them drink in their own house and when the time comes for beach week it's not even a question. The parents know, so honestly, I feel the parents should get a talking to also.
Kendl Gordy

Rockville, MD

#2 Jun 24, 2007
I think that this is outrageous. How could you as teachers let students do this unsupervised. I think that someone needs to bring this up in a meeting
thinkb4youtalk

Vienna, VA

#3 Jun 24, 2007
uh gordy...i think you should realize that this was not a school related event......what should te teachers have done?
Hi This Dana Burnette

Fairfax, VA

#4 Jun 25, 2007
if you are going to drink alchol they should be resbile of them if they are not 21 parents should talk to their kids about drink and drive it is very dangerous out their and thing happend to people lifes ahead of them.
thinkb4youtalk2

Washington, DC

#5 Jun 28, 2007
Uh Dana, You can't spell. Also, I don't know which article you were reading because this one had nothing about drinking and drivING in it.

“Cause Im as free as a bird now”

Since: Jun 07

Orlando, FL

#6 Jun 28, 2007
I just love this quote [sacasm]

""The kids want to have independence. They've worked hard. Many are leaders in their environment and they want to go and have fun with their friends," said Wiegand."

If they are such leaders in their community and environment, they wouldn't drink underage.
Student

Silver Spring, MD

#7 Jun 28, 2007
Some of these comments are outrageous.

First of all, most teenagers in the DC metropolitan area drink on a regular basis. Most parents do or don't know. I believe that these students are aware drinkers. They know not to drink and drive and what to do if someone gets sick.

Secondly, I do not blame these kids for drinking underage. Their behavior is simply the effect of too much work and restraining rules. America has one of the biggest underage drinking problems because of the 21-and-over drinking age. During the 1920's when liquor was prohibited, people found it exciting and exhilarating to break the rules. I believe it is the same for the students. There is a certain thrill in breaking the rules that teenagers find appealing.

Thirdly, in response to Lizzie Style who commented on the leadership of the students, I can tell you that these kids are definitely leaders in their communities. They lead productive lives promoting diversity and environmental stewardship, playing sports, filming movies, and doing charity not becasue they have to, but because they want to. They are intelligent young adults, testing their boundaries in a culture that promotes drinking.

“Cause Im as free as a bird now”

Since: Jun 07

Orlando, FL

#8 Jun 28, 2007
Student wrote:
Some of these comments are outrageous.
First of all, most teenagers in the DC metropolitan area drink on a regular basis. Most parents do or don't know. I believe that these students are aware drinkers. They know not to drink and drive and what to do if someone gets sick.
Secondly, I do not blame these kids for drinking underage. Their behavior is simply the effect of too much work and restraining rules. America has one of the biggest underage drinking problems because of the 21-and-over drinking age. During the 1920's when liquor was prohibited, people found it exciting and exhilarating to break the rules. I believe it is the same for the students. There is a certain thrill in breaking the rules that teenagers find appealing.
Thirdly, in response to Lizzie Style who commented on the leadership of the students, I can tell you that these kids are definitely leaders in their communities. They lead productive lives promoting diversity and environmental stewardship, playing sports, filming movies, and doing charity not becasue they have to, but because they want to. They are intelligent young adults, testing their boundaries in a culture that promotes drinking.
I'm not buying that one bit. SOME of these kids (not all of them) do those things, not because they want to, but because they feel like they have to ... whether it be because they are pleasing someone else in their life or because they just want to 'fit in'.

It's people like you, who claim these kids are such great leaders (and thereby should be allowed to drink and experiment with drugs of sort)... that are putting these kids on a pedestal and making them almost "untouchable".

Example, most towns/cities, are really big on high school sports, football especially. You see these football players pretty much doing what they want, while the higher-ups look the other way ... for what? Recognition? The money they bring in?

The thrill that these kids get ... for breaking the rules are the reason why their dying. For either driving drunk (you can't say all TEENAGERS are responsible drinkers ... saying that is like saying a 12 year old behind the wheel of a car would be a responsible driver) or drinking too much and dying of alcohol poisoning ... which they're seeing a growing number of in Texas. Teens cross the border because the legal drinking age in Mexico is 16, and some of them don't make it home.

Can a teenager handle responsibility? Sure they can. But not all of them can handle the responsibility of being safe when impaired.
Student2

United States

#9 Jun 30, 2007
Clearly this was a slow news day since wusa had nothing else to do than to point the finger at a couple teenagers that got caught drinking 130 miles away just to try to scare some local parents. and lizzie style, i dont know how you do down in texas but most teenagers around here are pretty responsible people and know when things have gone too far. and sure, an 18 year old in the US probably cant control their actions quite as well while impaired as a 21 year old, but that is only because they are inexperienced drinkers due to the 21 drinking age.

“Cause Im as free as a bird now”

Since: Jun 07

Orlando, FL

#10 Jul 1, 2007
Student2 wrote:
Clearly this was a slow news day since wusa had nothing else to do than to point the finger at a couple teenagers that got caught drinking 130 miles away just to try to scare some local parents. and lizzie style, i dont know how you do down in texas but most teenagers around here are pretty responsible people and know when things have gone too far. and sure, an 18 year old in the US probably cant control their actions quite as well while impaired as a 21 year old, but that is only because they are inexperienced drinkers due to the 21 drinking age.
I don't know why you think I'm from Texas. What ever gave you that idea, or are you just assuming like you've been doing the entire time?

The legal drinking age is 21 for a reason. You can defend the fact that you and your friends are lushes for only being 19 or 20, but I remain firm in my views.

K?
Thanks, bye.
sibling of student

Elmwood, MA

#11 Jul 4, 2007
this is not such a big deal. chill!!!!!!!!
Anonymous

Washington, DC

#12 Aug 24, 2007
Frankly, I don't understand why Lizzie Style is getting so worked up over Student2's thinking she's from Texas. She claims that the other assumes too much, but isn't that what she's doing too when she automatically assumes that these students are irresponsible and stupid?
We've been educated since the start of high school about drinking/drugs and the related problems. We've also been taught how to say no, how to perceive if someone's gone to far, and how to take care of them. Those students know this, too. Everyone has their faults, and no one is putting these kids on a pedestal. They definitely were scared that night. These are highly intelligent kids trapped in a vicious social image.
And about the legal drinking age being 21 - America is the only country with a drinking age that high, and a high rate of underage drinking. In other countries (for example, France, Australia, China, etc) where the drinking is younger or there is no drinking age, you don't enounter the same type of social problems. If you're going to post back about those countries, I will tell you that I have been there, and they are definitely not as obsessed with underage drinking as us.

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