Sunday, June 1, 2008

To the Saline 'Party Bus' Parents:

I don't know if you're aware of, or have followed the Saline Parent 'Party Bus' story, but the gist is that during the High School Prom, a group of parents decided to have a bit of a Prom Party of their own, and were drinking alcohol on a bus in the parking lot of the school while the Prom was going on. Other than it being against the law, the obvious irony is that our greatest fear as parents are our children drinking at Prom. That's not the worst of it. In what unfortunately has become the American Way, the parents have gone on to deny, cover up, and berate law enforcement for enforcing laws.

Anyway, this pervasive attitude really grinds my gears, and I have taken the 'Letter to the Editor' approach, have sent the following to the Ann Arbor News, and write an open letter to these parents:

Please, do yourselves and your children a favor: Do the RIGHT thing. Walk in to the Police Station, admit a lapse in judgment, take responsibility, pay the fine, and move on. That simple act would leave a lasting positive impression on your family for generations to come. Your actions regarding this incident and it's aftermath are yet another shining example of the "We can do whatever we want, the rules don't apply to us" attitude that permeates today's world.

Instead, you have chosen to take the road MOST travelled by: 1) Committing a crime; 2) Denying responsibility; 3) Covering up by not cooperating with police; and 4) Chastising law enforcement for doing their jobs. You don't drink alcohol on school grounds, period. Is it the crime of the century? Of course not. If you don't like the law, take it off the books. Yet again, the denial and cover up are much worse than the original crime. What a waste of time, resources, and taxpayer money.

Have we STILL learned nothing from Nixon, Clinton, Kilpatrick, et. al? I hope you are proud of yourselves when you look into the mirror each morning that you are helping to raise another generation of citizens who will go through life and do everything EXCEPT take responsibility for problems of their own making.
I doubt it will do any good, but it is now off my chest. Thanks for reading, and if you'd like, please share a comment.

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