Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

June 6, 2013

A clear message for AHS class of 2013

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From the start, Lord has come out and said inappropriate, much less illegal, behavior, will not be tolerated at Andover High.

It’s a cultural shift for many within the high school community. And it’s one that Lord has taken some heat for — particularly over his recent decision to suspend 20 students, primarily seniors who violated an agreement to forego the traditional last lap through the high school on the final day of classes. As punishment, they were forced to miss the first day of senior week activities.

Some argue the decision was heavy-handed. But as adults, we must at least respect Lord for sticking to his convictions. We may not agree with the ground rules he set. But we can’t argue that once those rules are in place, and clearly communicated, there should be consequences when they are blatantly disregarded.

Sure, we should raise our children to voice their thoughts and opinions in areas where they object. But as adults, we also know our bosses typically have the last say. We can make a case, we can disagree, but if we value our jobs, we must accept the final decisions that are made.

That lesson will only serve Andover High’s class of 2013 well as they embark on the greater world. And it sends a message to future AHS classes of what will be expected of them in the years to come.

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