According to this article over at SunThisweek, Apple Valley HS has suspended the entire DECA program due to a long history of underage drinking and hazing associated with the program culminating in a recent event where upwards of 60 students were found to be consuming alcohol during a stay at a Twin Cities hotel. However there are some who are concerned the punishment went too far, and perhaps it did just that.
From the article:
Degenaar said he believes about 18 Apple Valley students were drinking in the hotel that evening.
(One student) is not believed to be involved in the incident, and another five DECA students were not at the hotel that night.
“They should have suspended these students (at the hotel) instead of barring it for everyone,” Ewald said. “More than half the kids weren’t doing anything wrong.”
The parents of one of the students mentioned in the article note that even if the program had to be ended, it should have been done after the end of the season so that all the hard work of those who were not involved in the drinking did not go to waste. However, the principal of AVHS decided that canceling the program for the remainder of the year was the best way to get across that underage drinking during school-sponsored events would not be tolerated.
What do you think? Should the actions of some negatively impact the whole? Do you think the AVHS football team would have been entirely suspended if several of them were caught drinking? Should the remaining students involved in the program at least be allowed to finish out the season before the program is cut? Is the drinking associated with DECA just a part of the reality of working in the business world; providing a realistic perspective on how it really is to be working in marketing, finance, hospitality and management? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.