I'm in a new school. I keep thinking I'm in the old Disney movie 'Pinocchio'. One particular scene plays out in my unconscious - the kids visit to Pleasure Island. They visit the Rough
House, (I've been to that high school also), shoot pool, smoke, fight and get intoxicated. Those who run the island turn a blind eye and encourage the behavior. They go on to school and break all the windows. This fun goes on until a remarkable transformation happens - the kids all turn into jackasses. They are then removed from the island and forced into a life of horribly cruel conditions.
It's time for a resurgence of discipline, order and civility in our schools - not for our benefit but for our students.