Reader Feedback on Teen Drinking: Punishment Fit the Crime

The consensus from readers is that district took the right action.

A few weeks back Sayville-Bayport Patch asked readers about a decision by the Lindenhurst school district to give a three-day suspension from school, a four-day suspension from athletic practice and a one-game sit-out to students caught drinking on a bus as they returned home from an athletic competition.

The consensus was that the district took the right action, but a few readers also questioned whether the infraction required more scrutiny.

One reader wrote "Punishment seems appropriate and fair. They (students) need to learn now that there are consequences for your actions/poor choices in life. Now its only a suspension. Later in life another choice may necessitate incarceration."

And the feedback was supported by another reader who felt it was fair and fitting for the offense.

But a few others believe it didn't go far enough. "Really - how is it fair? Consequences should be harder .. you play you pay!!," wrote a 'concerned citizen.'

And one reader wanted to know why law enforcement wasn't involved.

"What happened to reporting an minor drinking to the local authorities...," asked reader 'NotWhoYouThinkIAm.'


NotWhoYouThinkIAm June 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Right here in BBP some seniors just got caught drunk in school. Five days out of school suspension, finals taken at home, no senior banquet, no graduation ceremony. I'm okay with those consequences.


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