Skipping Parties: More Risk
|Drawing by Grecia Bartolo
The sound of the music, the smell of cigarettes - students in a skipping
party having fun. Many Blair students in certain groups have been to a skipping
party. They have had good and bad experiences.
In a skipping party students drink, smoke and dance. A Blair student said, "I
don't remember how many skipping parties I have gone to." Students
that usually go to skipping parties have many absences and because of this they
lose credit in courses they miss. "I started to skip since I was in ninth
grade. Now I am in tenth grade and I have gone to seven," another student
The reason that students go to skipping parties is because they can experience
new things. Also students invite their friends. Many students like to take risks
and go for a good time.
Most of their parents don't know about these parties, especially parents
that work a lot and don't have time to look on their kids. The kids with
parents like these know very well how to make teachers think that they were absent
because they were sick. "I make my own excuse notes. I sign for my mom," Leila
said. They do this because this is a way to not lose credit and to have more
opportunities to go to another skipping party.
In a skipping party bad things can happen. "The first skipping party was
good. But I got scared because many boys were drinking and some girls were fighting," Antonia
said. In a skipping party you can dance, drink and smoke. Because of this many
students end up losing control and getting in fights.
One big risk is that the police can catch you. "We were fine until my
neighbor from next door called the police. They made us sit on the floor and
asked why we weren't in school. The first thing that we said was that
we had a half day," Johanna said. Most of the students that have gone
to a skipping party have been caught by the police and by their parents.
Students that go to skipping parties are at risk of using drugs, drinking or
smoking. "I think that some people use drugs in a skipping party, I wouldn't
do that, but many of my friends put pressure on me," Luis added.
Some students think that taking the risk of going
to a skipping party can influence your life. They suggest that before making
a decision, people should think about
the consequences and things that might occur in a skipping party.
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