Bad judgment


Jessica Lewis

Okay, so it’s 2 a.m., and after a long night of drinking and partying, you start to get the hankering for some fast food. Who hasn’t been in that predicament?I can understand that part. I was never much of a hard core partier, but on occasion I have drank more than my share and had the desire to hit a local restaurant before heading home.Sure, that much is understandable, but I’m pretty sure even at 17, I knew better than to smash the window of said restaurant, break in and try to get what I wanted all on my own. In fact, I think I knew better than that at age 10. The fact that the kid in question left the restaurant with only a few hamburger buns and a couple injuries for his trouble shows you how well thought out that plan was.Unfortunately, that lack of common sense has been demonstrated amongst area youth several times in the past few months. The student at the Norwich Snow Ball who allegedly came to the dance intoxicated showed the same lack of judgment. Not only did the student have to be removed, but she also reportedly spit in the faces of two police officers in the process.In recent months, there have also been incidents with students vandalizing the Chenango County Council of the Arts, the Jewish Center and the Oxford Cemetery among many others, and while reasons weren’t given for all of those incidents, in many cases, it seems like the teens were just bored and looking for something to do.At age 26, I look at these incidents with disgust and disdain, just as I’m sure do most of the residents of Chenango County. I guess when you have free time on your hands, it’s easy to come up with bad ideas and get yourself into a little trouble, but these incidents take normal teenage trouble making to the extreme. I hope that the kids acting in this way, and all of those who possibly could take a minute to realize that these are serious incidents, and they carry serious consequences.