End of school parties of death

As a parent it worries me sometimes when I see how school-children celebrate end-of-school parties nowadays. A few days ago we heard of a young man from Cape Town who died after being accosted by six men outside a club after he sustained serious injuries leading to his death. A joyous time for this young man has turned sour for his family. This is not the first of these incidents we are hearing about, as during this time we often hear of fatalities involving school-children – our children. There are so many parties: “zokuhlamba iphepha or pen” (literally meaning washing of the paper or pen).

From kids to adults in one big leap

Of course celebrating your last day if school is a joyous moment and celebrations are normal but I think our children are missing the point as to how they should be celebrating this great moment of their lives. These do not often end in the joyous atmosphere they were intended to. In most cases this paper or pen is washed using alcohol – yes, down the throats of the school-children.

Deadly alcohol

We have heard of road accidents during these festivities and in some cases you will hear that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. In other cases the drinking spree gets so much that young girls are raped, because it is easy for dodgy characters to target these parties looking for the right moment to prey on young girls. I hope that before the school kids decide to be part of these end-of-school parties, they can consider the consequences of their actions, not only for themselves but for their parents who love them. Driving your car or your parent’s car under the influence of alcohol will definitely bring you sad results in the end. If you are a young girl and are drunk you are making yourself easy prey to sexual vultures out there. As clichéd as this might sound, the world is really not like it was in more innocent times – one needs to be careful.

Don’t give your kid a potential weapon

As parents we also contribute to the sad endings of these festivities, why on earth would you give your child a car because s/he can drive but does not have a licence? What will you say to the parents of the children who were in the same car as your child when an accident happens? This could come back to haunt everyone concerned, including affecting the future of the child. I am sure that a culpable homicide charge against your child is not how you had planned the future with him or her. As a school child,  if you need impress your friends with your driving skills make sure that you impress them with safe driving skills and not by killing them.

Parenting these days is not the easiest of things because there is so much happening out there. How I wish that the pupils could be using this time in planning their future.

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