Monday, May 19, 2008
Rudy Burgandy: Former Student and Bartender at a local bar
Hello everyone! My name is Ruth Burgandy. I am a bartender at Shenanigans near Grand Heights High School. My younger sister attends the school and knows some of the kids involved. I currently attend Penn State with a couple recent graduates. I often see students from Grand Heights at Shenanigans. I know that they are under age because their fake id, are so obviously fake but I never turn down business.
Some of my customers have been taking about a myspace privacy controversy and how their out side of school activities are being watched by the school board. I think that it is the students responsibility to not post things on the Internet that they wouldn't want someone from across the country to see. They are also responsible if the authorities from the state catch them doing something that is illegal like taking drugs for example. However, what is a high school administrator doing on myspace? Should he be looking at provocative pictures of kids online? I don't think so. I think that the school board shouldn't be punishing kids for doing something wrong outside of school. If it was in school it would be a different situation.
Here is another point. If school counselors are worried about the kids safety, they shouldn't be punishing the students, but instead be available for help if kids need them. Kids won't open up to a school counselor because they are afraid they will get into trouble. I understand that they want to help the kids, but they are only pushing them away with punishment.
Sometimes my younger sister comes into Shenanigans. I only let her come in when I work so I can keep an eye on. We have a deal that if she ever needs anything she can come get me, but I have to be able to see her. This way she can hang out with her friends and have a good time, I get business from her friends, and I know who she is hanging out with in case I ever need to call. I have heard some of the stuff that went down last year. Some of her peers really need some serious help. Like the kid who is takes LSD and his friend who is an alcoholic. I won't serve drinks to kids who clearly have a problem (my sister tells me who they are). If anyone needs information on where to find help or how to tell if someone needs help this link will hopefully direct you to some answers.
Thanks for listening to what I had to say. Be sure to stop by Shenanigans! Thanks again!