My larger community (ie. the suburbs around me) have suffered the losses of two young lives to high school spring breaks. Two more are hanging on in hospitals, loved ones praying for their full recoveries.
The first death took place about the time my family was on our Spring Break. A local boy from a Cincy school doing what you typically think of as "spring break." Underage drinking, not paying attention, (probably) getting cocky by hanging over one's hotel balcony to yell at people on other balconies and below and then falling to his death.
The second death occurred this past weekend when a group of eight local girls were in a single car accident in Alabama while on their way home from a spring break trip. One died, two remain in the hospital and the rest are home with their families now. So far, it appears no drugs or alcohol were involved, but only two girls were wearing seatbelts, according to the news reports.
Though different scenarios, both are equally sad.
My husband and I have different thoughts on high school kids going on spring break trips. He thinks it's ridiculous and that no high school kid needs to be vacationing in a drunken party town for a week. (I need to point out here, I was totally shocked when he told me this. MG often is more of a "free-range" type parent than I am!) Especially on a parent's dime. I don't really disagree with that. I'm certainly not saying I would permit my kids to go on a spring break trip alone. But I do recognize that there are some low key places one can go for spring break. I also recognize that not all kids behave the same. The major thing I can't ignore, though, is that in a few short months, these HS kids are all going to college. And I don't know about you, but I don't intend to go to college with my kids. So that means that at the young age of 18, which I was and most HS Seniors are, these kids are going to be out on their own, ready or not. I'm not saying that's an excuse to hand over one's credit card and send them down the highway to Daytona Beach, Panama City Beach or any other party location. However, I can't overlook that if kids can't handle spring break as a senior in HS, they may not be able to handle college, either. There's not a lot of growing up that happens between April, when they are seniors in high school and August, when they leave for college.
It seems like a very fine line to me.