We’ve heard from the ’70s and ’80s alums of the high school, stating that hardly anyone was sober at graduation – so much booze and pot were being passed around. Well, here’s a different viewpoint from a ’50s alum (1955 to be exact).
There were no drugs at the high school then – it was the end of the no-drug era. Yes, some kids did drink, but I wasn’t one of them and neither were most of my friends. Did we find other ways to have fun? Absolutely! We went to football and basketball games, cheered on our classmates, participated in lots of clubs and activities and studied a lot. With no computers, we spent a lot of time talking on the phone to friends. And how have my classmates turned out? For sure, some of them became alcoholics and others probably tried drugs later on in life. We are happy that we didn’t face drugs being sold and used around us. But to assume that drugs and alcohol have to be part of school life – and that parents should “trust their kids” and not make up rules because they’re not going to follow them anyway, according to John McCarthy – is a huge mistake. [Some drinking doesn’t mean kids won’t turn out fine, Viewpoints, April 14]
People my age have a lot of discussions about whether or not the clock can be turned back to drug-free campuses. I don’t have the answer to that. But saying that abusing drugs and alcohol is normal for in high school is absolving adults of helping teenagers realize that these are dangers they don’t need to add to their already complicated lives. Incidentally, I still don’t drink, smoke or use recreational drugs. Nor did my parents.