Smoke and Mirrors On 200 Campus Closing

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By John Hubbuch

Many of us who have adult children who have graduated from OPRF know that closing the high school's campus will have no impact whatsoever on teen-age substance abuse problems, but hey it's different from tying red ribbons on trees.                                                                         

So close the campus and see what happens. But now on a split 4-3 vote the 200 Board exempts juniors and seniors in good standing from the closing. So the smart, well-behaved older kids don't drink, but the dumb, mischevious  young ones do? The gawky fearful 14 year olds are more likely to knock back a little vodka at noon than the 18 year olds who will soon  be off to binge drinking  college life?                  

I don't get it. How about this: close the campus except for the freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors that have not been convicted of a alcohol/drug offense. Now the high school can tell everyone it has a closed campus. Sure, it's merely cosmetic, but that 's all this is about anyway.

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