Last Saturday night was Prom, an annual rite of spring in high schools across the nation. This year's theme was 1920s, a Gatsbyesque celebration of a time long gone. Students raved about the lovely décor, the delicious food, and the remarkable saxophonist that played so well. Our students were decked out in their finest gowns and sharp tuxedos. I don't have permission to post their pictures here, but the costuming was indeed lovely.
Our school has a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol at prom. Each car is met by chaperones. Students are expected to arrive and remain sober during the event. Cars, limos, and party buses are searched as needed. Students are very well supervised. Any student that leaves the event is not allowed to return.
Post prom parties are another matter. Some parents believe
that they should host the party and allow drinking in their homes on the grounds that at least the kids are supervised. Other parents take a no tolerance stance, letting their own children know that underage drinking and drug use are unacceptable under any circumstances.
What are your thoughts? How do you think we should handle underage drinking and drug use with our own children and in our culture as a whole? What are the best means to keep our teens safe? I welcome your comments below.