The latest trend to hit high schools is supervised youth gambling at the Post Prom School Party. Over the last few months I have received numerous emails from parents, students and school faculty expressing concern about this new alternative entertainment. In all cases, these people believed it would do more harm than good.
Post Prom Committee believes this is a safe night for high school prom. The students taking part were between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. Each student can buy counterfeit money to gamble with and at the end of the evening they can exchange this money for prizes at the end of the night. Some parents believe it is a safe and beautiful event for their children. While others believe that this is one area they prefer not to involve their children in. 토토사이트
One of the emails I received was from a family who home schooled their five children. I was surprised that their children weren’t involved. She had explained to me that her seventeen year old daughter had friends who attended the public school system. He continued by recounting the negative behavior exhibited by these youths after the event. They even teach their daughters how to play black jack and poker. It’s a good neighborhood with strong community ties. He also told me that he saw no difference between using fake money or real money when you still have a chance to win a valuable prize. He believes these teenagers are being educated on how to gamble, win, and take the easy way out.
Another email asked me for specific statistics on the negative impact on youth attending gambling events. General statistics reflect the percentage of those present who will develop a compulsive gambling addiction. Some of those same students may become addicted at some point in their lives. I have found that gambling addiction is not age sensitive. People of all ages who gamble for the first time can develop a gambling addiction. Usually a friend or family member takes them to a gambling establishment. I first had a hard time understanding how someone who is sixty-five retired and on a steady income got addicted to gambling. The seniors I spoke to were very upset and couldn’t understand how this had happened to them. The unfortunate part is they lost their pension and now only have Social Security to live on. In one case, Grandmother had to live with her daughter.
There is very little difference between supervised gambling and allowing supervised alcoholic beverages or serving students there choice of drugs on a silver platter. If the Principal served alcoholic beverages to students, he would be arrested. I’m trying to understand how school educators and parents can differentiate between alcohol and gambling on school property. How is one more acceptable than the other?
We have now given our students another choice in life. The main concern is that students may prefer the urge of gambling to alcohol and/or drugs because there is no hangover or smell. Some students tend to continue gambling. Students with straight A’s are not exempt from this. Statistics show that compulsive teenage gamblers are also highly intelligent and well-spoken individuals.
People need to be educated about youth gambling and its long term effects. Gambling is illegal if you are under 18 years of age. It is also illegal to drink if you are under 18 (some places 21) and to smoke if you are under 18 is illegal. This law was established for a reason. Another email I received wanted to know if this school system respects the Law?