Drug suspension policy fair, athletes should learn lesson

Letters to the editor

Ben White (Feb. 16 letter to the editor) feels our school’s drug/alcohol policy is unfair.
I say those who agree to abide by the policy should accept any resulting consequences.
How does White propose to teach that forbidden acts have consequences, and that signed commitments are to be honored?
When does he propose teaching these lessons?
By challenging a policy that a student has agreed to, and then violated, he is teaching that a youngster can promise anything, then do anything, and an adult will bail them out. They will soon be taught some brutal lessons in the real world, where adults will not be able to shelter and protect them from themselves.
This is why society is in trouble. Too many think, “YOU must behave properly, keep your promises, accept penalties, but not ME.”
Now is the time for White and some students to grow up. Anyone can deny and evade. It takes strength of character to say, “I agreed to the policy. I violated the policy. I am not happy, but I will accept the consequences required by that policy.”
White can provide a priceless example of backbone, principle, integrity and honor that is much too rare by supporting this courageous acceptance rather than encouraging the dishonoring of one’s pledge.
By the way, if drinking/drug suspensions are shortened, can White explain why this is fair to the honest, honorable, innocent student who did not drink or do drugs — but who now gets to stay home or warm the bench while a student who violated the policy plays?

Darryl L. Petrak

Regarding the drug-policy issue: I can’t believe people don’t want to obey rules. They are not made to be altered or broken.
These kids know the rules — you either obey them or you pay the consequences.
I hope the school doesn’t change the policy.

C.J. Gibson