A man walks into a bank, gun drawn. Police are notified within seconds. Why? The man has broken a law. When police arrive, is he simply given a warning and escorted home? No.
So what makes it OK to simply warn underage children who are drinking? Maybe we have all done it, but does this make it right? When will this excuse simply not be enough?
How many parents must lose their children, how many teens must bury their best friends before we as a society wake up and realize that we should place our morals above our reputations?
Once you're gone, how many people actually dwell on something as simple as whether or not you cracked that beer, or threw back that shot?
We're faced with decisions every day. The way we answer, the path we choose, helps make us who we are. It's part of our freedom, as an American and as an individual, to do as we please. But what if what we all please are the very things that allow us to never decide for ourselves again? Then what? How much is too much? When, if ever, will we learn? And how do we change?
MYKA JOYCE, age 18