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Dover-Sherborn puts off return to in-school learning after dozens of students caught at 'out of control' party

WFXT reports Dover-Sherborn High School was supposed to open to students tomorrow, but put that off after a major party on Friday where up to 150 kids were found boozing it up without masks on. It joins Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in having students who just can't control themselves during a pandemic.

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Man, where were all these wild parties when I was in high school in Eastie the 70s? The 70s have a (somewhat justified) reputation for being out of control, but I don't remember anything like this.

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Didn't you watch that documentary back in the aughts on Fox, 'the OC'?

Good for Dover-Sherborn Regional High School for putting off in-person and in-school learning after dozens of students attended an out-of-control party. Sure, they're high school kids, but kids have to learn early that they cannot violate certain rules that have been put in place due to an emergency situation, such as a deadly pandemic, without consequences.

The parents of the kids who threw that out of control party in the first place are accountable, for letting their kid(s) do that. The parents of the kids who attended were also accountable, and so were the kids who attended that party, themselves.

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Replace "pandemic" with "teenage drinking" and this is an op ed from the year 2000

Clearly, then, if students, and perhaps their parents are irresponsible, a harsher approach is needed. Might I suggest following Northeastern's lead?

Or, if that's too harsh, how about a $500 per incident fine -- surely not too much for wealthy Dover-Sherborn -- and a $100 finder's fee for students and parents who turn them in?

And if the student cannot pay on the spot, whether they give their actual names or not won't matter: Arrest them.

This has been found to have some effect in certain towns in France.

is coincidence.

The third time, it's enemy action.

There are creditable reports of high school students drinking.

If true, we are dangerously close to fornication. May God help us all.

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To some high school students -- entirely unlike myself at that age -- that if a raging party resulted in the cancellation of school, this would be a win-win situation.

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Drinking...
Fornication...
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Clearly, we're at risk of dancing next. I see no other alternative but to implement the Beaumont Protocol.

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Drinking...
Fornication...
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Clearly, we're at risk of dancing next. I see no other alternative but to implement the Beaumont Protocol.

Where their parents are and why aren't they being punished? But that would truly be unfair, wouldn't it?

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When I was a teenager in high school, that's usually when kids held parties.

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There wasn't a deadly Covid-19 virus pandemic going on that's ultra contagious, and has resulted in roughly 200, 000 the unnecessary loss of lives, due at least in part, to the way in which Donald Trump's Administration in Washington DC has handled it.

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is well taken.

:)

Highly contagious, yes, but last I saw it's something 4x less contagious than measles (a fully aerosol borne disease).

(The rest stands.)

... their parents will be punished. Along with everyone else's. Zooming in from home is a PITA, especially when you need to have 2 or 3 or 4 simultaneous Zoom sessions...

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If they were there or new about it. I’m guessing they were down the cape house for the week and left Todd to fend for himself for the week.

They knew what they were doing. They weren't rookies...

drink n drudgery high

You’ve got to fight for your right to party.

Check out the partying on the plaza at Ashmont station or North station on a daily basis. No one is shutting down the MBTA because no one is wearing masks.

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Enjoy all that extra time at home with your parents. That's their real punishment.

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The logic of the decision isn't clear. It's like this:

"We cannot let all these kids assemble at school tomorrow."

Why not?

"Because many of these kids assembled three days ago."

This sounds a lot like a school board looking for a pretense to stay shut down. It's like the cop who pulls you over because the tint on your rear windows looks dark. The cop doesn't care how dark your windows are. They just use it as an excuse to pull you over.

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I really fail to see how this is an example of "looking for a pretense". Community transmission leads to more community transmission. Pretty simple math.

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and you still haven't figured out why hanging out in large groups is dangerous? Much less bringing different large groups together who maybe weren't together before?

Here, maybe this will help.

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The bottom line is that the large group brought together at the party, is largely aligned with the large group that was about to be brought together at the school. It's the same group.

This wasn't a Biogen conference bringing together people from across the globe. This was a party consisting mostly of people who were going to see each other everyday, indoors, for the next nine months.

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You have no idea what you are talking about.

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The kids who weren't at the party, and the families of all the above?

HS kids don't live in a bubble. It's going to be difficult enough to do anything like going to school without making it fucking impossible for anyone to stay safe.

The bottom line is

Ah yes, the final resort of the bullshitter, declaring what "the bottom line" is.

you know, the whole "masks required", "social distancing enforced when possible", "sanitization of surfaces", etc that the school was planning on providing when asking this group to gather together, none of which occurred here.

Here, maybe this will help.

So since 150 kids put themselves and their families in danger of contracting the virus, you want to make it so all ~700 students and their families and all the teachers and admin and support staff are also in danger, as well as everyone else they cross paths with?

That's pure madness, and so obviously a bad idea that it's hard to believe you really thought it through, at all.

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Wasn't Dover-Sherborn in Boston Magazine's and U.S. News and World Report's list of top ten high schools in Massachusetts? Will this lower their reputation among home-buyers or among college admissions offices? And do school & college rankings take into account some measure of quality of community engagement and community-mindedness?

You don't seem to understand the rich are different from the middle-class.

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Morals only apply to the middle class

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The rich do as they please.

And that's okay because... why?

Did you advocate for the same when you saw the Caribbean festival in Boston. "Oh, no one should ever hire someone from *that* neighborhood". Of course, not because that would be stereotyping a whole community!

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Of course not. Individual hiring decisions or admissions decisions shouldn't be made based on perceptions of a community or school or college ratings.

School ratings should never be viewed as super-important exactly for that reason... they reflect averages and perceptions, not each individual experience. But to the extent that people do pay attention to ratings, it would be good if those ratings reflected important factors such as how a school or college community reacted to a pandemic.

Does the school teach and model civic awareness? Do adults in the community support students to make good, healthy decisions? Is "caring for your community" one of the values that the school teaches? Is that value reflected in real outcomes within the community? I ask these questions NOT because I want the school ratings to go down but because anyone from the town who values their highly-rated school and reads these comments could think about these questions.