Underage Drinking In High School

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It is known that high school is the time to have fun and live carelessly. Some students take this philosophy as their own personal mantra. These students truly do live care-fee, but maybe they should start caring more. According to the CDC, Centers of Disease Control, 2015 study, “in the past thirty days, thirty-five percent of high school seniors have drank some amount of alcohol, 21% have binge drank, 10% have driven after drinking alcohol, and twenty-two percent have ridden with a driven who had been drinking” (Fact Sheet – Underage Drinking). The drastic increase of underage drinking shows that high school students are getting more and more into drinking. Schools do have codes of conduct in place, that are laid out in student-parent handbooks, …show more content…
With the changing of times and culture, drugs have become more and more popular among younger generations. In past generations, cigarettes were all the rage, but now, marijuana is the new star of addiction stories with more high school students taking interest in it. “In 2013, more high school seniors regularly used marijuana tan cigarettes as 22.7% smoked pot in the last month, compared to 16.3% who smoked cigarettes” (11 Facts about Teens and Drug Use). Students are not only drinking, but they are also consuming drugs. A multitude of excuses could be made up for this type of behavior but students should not be representing their towns and their schools in such a manner. Why are today’s students turning to these methods of so called fun? It could be debated as the environment they grew up in and are living in or a genetic trait passed down from parents or grandparents who also abused drugs and alcohol. But one solution to this demanding problem influencing today’s generation and future generations to come, it to not only establish a code of conduct, but have in enforced by teacher, coaches, administrators, parents, and community …show more content…
But why is this? It has been speculated that drugs and alcohol are reasons for teens to socialize and for them to grow up faster (eNotes), but why are students becoming so comfortable with breaking rules and laws? Throughout adolescence, small doses of rebellion are expected, but students going out and drinking and partying every weekend should not be acceptable. It is probable to assume that students do this because they are worry-free of any harsh reprimands. Winterset’s student handbook says that students who have used, show evidence of use, and/or are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while at school or school-related events will be subject to disciplinary actions as follows: Students may be out of school suspended for up to ten (10) days. At the option of the administration, the number of suspended days may be reduced contingent on the student attending substance abuse program at the cost to the student. Students will also referred to Athletic/Activities Director for the Code of Good Conduct and local law enforcement. Delivery, transfer, transactions for, or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, or look-alike drugs while at school or school related event may range from a ten (10) days Out-of-School Suspension to Expulsion. Students are prohibited from distributing, dispensing, manufacturing, possessing,

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