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Alcohol’s lure strong during graduation

The recent arrest of a manager at a convenience store in town for the sale of alcohol to minors highlights the need to bring alcohol consumption to the forefront.
Teens will be teens. It’s our duty as their elders, parents and caregivers to keep them from making mistakes through poor judgment that can have disastrous impacts on the rest of their lives.
Every day in this country, people die in drunk driving-related crashes. Alcohol impairs vital decision-making skills and can help propel impressionable youth into circumstances, such as drug abuse and teenage pregnancy, that would otherwise never be a part of their lives.
State law handles cases like what has allegedly been going on in the case of the convenience store alcohol sales to minors. Heavy fines and license revocation, jail time and other punitive measures are part of the picture for those who refuse to abide by that state law.
Our students will close in on a milestone in their educational careers in the coming week. Graduation is fraught with emotional events — the separation from friends who will pursue different life paths, the transition into a new kind of responsibility, the possibility of leaving home for college, work or other pursuits are all among them.
In that kind of an environment, the pressure and temptation to drink can be overwhelming. It is, in many circles, a teenage right of passage to indulge and overindulge on graduation night at the myriad parties that will surely be held.
Parents know that their students on the cusp of adulthood must be shown the trust to be allowed to spread their proverbial wings. It is still in the parents’ playbook — responsible control over the student set for graduation is still expected and must be maintained for their good and the good of the community.
Parents: It can be easy to fall back into a sheltering posture when we know that the outside world we have worked hard to shield our children from is beckoning. We know those temptations will be a part of the picture on graduation.
Showing your student the respect and trust becoming an adult merits as they reach toward the end of their high school journey has a profound effect. Make sure to let them know you want them to be safe and to exercise their best judgment, and be sure to let them know what your expectations are, since they are still under the roof at the roost.
Above all, though, let your student know that you love them, because, after all, that is the most important thing.

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