The latest trend hitting high schools is administered teenage playing at the Post Prom School Party. Over the past few months I have received numerous emails from parents, students Maindomino99 and school school expressing concern about the new alternative entertainment. In all cases these people believe it would do more harm then good.
The concept became reality for students once the Post Prom Committee voted to simply accept this new alternative entertainment.
This Post Prom Committee believes this is safe night party for the High school prom. The students who are contributing are between the ages of sixteen and eighteen yoa. Each student is able to purchase fake money to gamble with and at the end of the night they can trade this money in for prizes with at the end of the night. Some parents believe this is a safe wonderful event for their children. While others believe this is one area they prefer their kids not be engaged with.
One of the emails I received was from a family who home schools their five children. I was surprised since their kids just weren’t involved. She had explained to me that her daughter who is seventeen has friends who attend the public school system. She went on to tell me the negative behavior shown by these teens after the event happened. In fact they taught her daughter how to play black jack and poker. This is a good neighborhood that has strong community ties. She also informed me that she not see the difference between using fake money or a real income when you’ve still got an opportunity to win a prize that has value. She believes these teens are increasingly being educated on what to gamble, win and take the simple way to avoid.
People in favor of this playing event, nicely told those who were against it to have their teenager’s stay home. It was my understanding the post prom parties were said to be for everyone.
It surprised me that a school region finds playing night a good behavior for our teenagers.
I have seen first hand the self devastation playing can do to teenagers and adults. It’s my belief that playing should be limited to people who are eighteen and over.
Another email was asking me for the specific statistics on the negative affect a teenager’s who attend a playing event. General statistics reflect a portion of those in work will build up a compulsive playing addiction. Some of these same students could become passionate at some point in their life. I’ve found that addictions to playing are not age sensitive. People of any age who are playing for the first time can create a playing addiction. Usually a friend takes them to the playing establishment. I first found it difficult to understand how a individual who is 60 five retired and on a fixed income gets enslaved by playing. The seniors I mention with were very upset and didn’t know how this happened to them. The unfortunate part is they lost their pensions and now only have their Social Security to live on. In one case the Grandmother has to move around in with her daughter.
There is very little difference between administered playing and allowing administered drinking alcohol or serving the students there choice of dugs on a silver platter. If a Principal served a student an intoxicating drink he would be imprisoned. I am trying to know how school educators and parents can distinguish between alcohol and playing on school property. How is one more acceptable then the other?
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between alcohol addiction and playing addiction. The correlation was based on individuals who attend both Bettors Unknown and Alcoholics Unknown meetings.
It would be a shame to find out a decade from now that students who took part in administered playing at the High school level their future was sacrificed by a life of self devastation and low self esteem.
It’s a successful statistics that students who gamble get a similar rush like they just had an alcoholic drink. The only difference here they do not wake up with a hang over and the side effects are minimal until it’s too late.
We’ve given our students another option in life. The major concern is the student’s will probably like the rush from playing a lot more then alcohol and or drugs since there is no hang over or smell. Some students are likely to continue playing. Students with a grades are not exempt from this. Statistics show that compulsive teenage bettors are also very bright and articulate individuals.
People need to be educated on teenage playing and its long term affects. It’s illegal to gamble if you are under 16. It’s also illegal to drink if you are under 16 (some places 21) and it’s illegal to smoke a pipe if you are under 16. These laws were set for a reason. Another email I received wanted to know do these school systems have any respect for the Law?
I emailed all the people and asked why haven’t they raised their concerns to the school board? They all responded the same. “We are the fraction and now we look bad in front of our children. ” This is truly a no win situation.