Editorial: Don’t Make Grandma Cry

As the calendar flips to June, high school seniors across the nation are gearing up for a grand finale that has been a staple of teenage life for generations. At this time, high school seniors across the country experience an inexplicable compulsion to engage in what can only be described as senioritis-fueled shenanigans. From pranks to impromptu parties, these end-of-year antics are as much a tradition as the graduation caps and gowns themselves. While these activities can be a rite of passage, they can also lead to unfortunate consequences. So, let’s take a humorous yet earnest look at this perennial phenomenon and offer some light-hearted advice to both students and the adults in their lives. In the immortal words of one educator: Don’t make your grandmother cry.

First off, let’s acknowledge a universal truth: high school seniors have been pushing the boundaries of acceptable behavior since the dawn of education. Whether it’s TP-ing the principal’s house, releasing a flock of chickens in the school hallway, or engineering elaborate practical jokes, seniors have always found creative ways to leave their mark. These escapades are part of what makes high school memorable, providing countless stories to recount at reunions.

In the excitement of pulling off a legendary prank, it’s easy to overlook the possible repercussions: disciplinary action, fines, or worse – the dreaded ineligibility to graduate. Picture it: Grandma, dressed in her Sunday best, tears streaming down her face, not because she’s proud, but because she just found out her favorite grandchild won’t be walking across the stage. It’s a scenario no one wants to see, yet it happens.

So, seniors, let’s talk strategy. It’s possible to have fun without crossing the line into the realm of regrettable decisions. Think of it as the difference between a spirited game of dodgeball and an all-out brawl. One is fun and exhilarating; the other ends with someone calling the police.

To our beloved seniors, the line between a harmless prank or a fun party and a regrettable decision is thinner than you might think. Think twice.

And now, a word to the wise for schools and parents: lighten up a little. We all know that by the time June rolls around, seniors are chomping at the bit to burst free from the confines of academia. While it’s important to maintain order and uphold standards, a little understanding goes a long way.

Let’s take a leaf out of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s book: “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” Recognizing the fine line between mischief and mayhem is a skill worth cultivating. Schools can channel this energy by organizing sanctioned events that satisfy the seniors’ need for fun while keeping everyone out of trouble. A prank contest with clear guidelines or a senior skip day with planned activities can turn potential chaos into cherished memories.

Parents, remember your own days of youth. Think back to the pranks you pulled and the fun you had. Your guidance can help your kids enjoy these weeks without going overboard. And if you catch them plotting something outrageous, maybe help them find a safer, smarter way to execute their plans. They’ll thank you later, especially when they are still showing up for their first day of college.

In the end, high school graduation should be a celebration of achievement and the beginning of new adventures… filled with laughter and pride, not regret and disappointment.

So, as we celebrate the class of 2024, let’s ensure that these days are as joyous and memorable as possible. Seniors, make your mark, but do it in a way that leaves everyone smiling—especially Grandma. Don’t make your grandmother cry.

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