Which is the greater indiscretion? Disrespecting yourself and your team by consuming alcohol as a minor on a school-sponsored road trip? Or blabbing about it on social media?
For students at Greenbrier High School in Evans, the question is more than an exercise in responsibility and common sense.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, 18 members of the Greenbrier boys soccer team were suspended for drinking alcohol (and in at least two cases, smoking synthetic marijuana) during a tournament weekend on Jekyll Island March 14-16. School district administrators first learned of the incident after reading Twitter posts from some of the involved students.
So much for the Wolfpacks legitimate shot at winning a state championship. More importantly, the violators stand to be kicked out of school. Seniors might be denied the opportunity to walk with their class at graduation.
Some of these children still dont get it. The Augusta Chronicle published a tweet from one of the suspended players Friday.
All these anonymous parents need to get a ... life and stop commenting on the articles. Big deal we went to an island and had fun.
Dude. Shut up.
This incident -- and a far more serious one involving rape in Steubenville, Ohio -- provides more evidence of a topic broached in this space last June. As a society, were giving privacy away. And our teenagers are leading the charge.
Dont misunderstand. Its good that these crimes came to light. It was no act of conscience that led to their discovery, however. It was braggadocio.
Used with a little discretion, social media is a great thing. At the disposal of teenagers desperate for attention, it is a loaded weapon with the safety feature off. Each otherwise innocent depression of a return key ruins reputations.
Kids, we dont care how wasted you were. We dont care that youre having relationship problems. We dont care that you think so-and-so is a such-and-such.
Well, actually we do care. But we want you to tell us -- not the world.
In the meantime, if its attention you wanted, you got it.
Contact Chris Deighan at firstname.lastname@example.org