Future CEO’s of America….

Two incidents that occurred in the “wealthy” suburbs of Chicago, have made news, not for what happened, but for what did not.

The first incident in Deerfield, involves a swim team “annual ritual” where the freshman team members throw toilet paper on the houses of the senior members, then the senior members “catch” them and drive them around for a while.

This year, the seniors were suspended for engaging in what the school described as hazing.

The Chicago Tribune who spoke with the father of one of the suspended seniors, reported this:

Steve Brew, parent of one of the seniors, said the team held a dinner Feb. 6 honoring the seniors. Annual tradition holds that after the dinner, freshman swimmers toilet-paper seniors’ homes, and seniors attempt to “capture” the freshmen, whom they then drive around town, Brew said.

“It’s essentially a game,” he said. “Some refer to it as team building.”

But someone complained this year and called it hazing, Brew said. Within days, the school district had interviewed every team member and decided to suspend all the seniors from future swim meets, he said.

From this standpoint it looks like good, clean fun. But the Pioneer Local, a community newspaper, described the incident in more detail:

On Feb. 6, freshman members of the swim team attempted to throw toilet paper on the homes of seniors, who in turn “captured” the freshmen, bound them with duct tape and took them for car rides through the neighborhood, according to those familiar with the events.

Sources say that one student was placed in the trunk of a car, and another had his hands taped to a basketball while teammates put a bonnet on his head, pulled his pants down and took pictures.

The issue has divided members of the Deerfield community who disagree over whether the acts qualified as a hazing or merely a playful exercise in teen bonding.

Many parents sympathetic to the seniors contacted the Deerfield Review to say the students were victims of an overzealous administration; one parent described the group as “the Deerfield 13.”

Some others agreed with the school’s findings, saying the game was not fun for everyone involved. One such reader asked to remain anonymous because, “I live in Deerfield and don’t want to have a lynch mob after me for going against these other parents.”

The second incident involved more children from wealthy neighborhoods.

A group of teens in Winnetka were caught drinking in a classmate’s unoccupied house. The house is being sold by the classmate’s mother. Both the owner and daughter, had moved to a condo while the house was being sold.

In this incident, the teens were caught on the premises, in a house they were not given permission to be in, and were engaged in underage drinking when the police and owner arrived.

The house has extensive damage including trash and debris, broken belongings and walls with crude images drawn on them. There is an estimated $10,000 damage to the house. Keep in mind they were doing this for weeks, not just a day.

The Winnetka police, according to the Chicago Tribune, gave the teens tickets for underage drinking, though they were clearly trespassing, had broken in, but according to police,

The students have not been charged with damaging the property, said Winnetka Deputy Police Chief Patrick Kreis.

“The house was in disarray … but there wasn’t evidence holding these people responsible for that,” Kreis said.

Five of the students returned later to clean and apologized to the homeowner. She believed they were sorry.

We decry the poverty-stricken neighborhoods where gang violence is rampant and were bad behavior is seemingly the rule rather than the exception, and we denounce the parents who don’t teach their children to behave responsibly.

Here we have children (17 year old children), who were raised in the lap of luxury, given every advantage possible, the best of educations and the brightest of futures, yet this is the response to clear violations of the most basic of rules.

They aren’t responsible.

No, their futures won’t be tarnished by mug shots, fingerprints, police records or jail time. When your future’s so bright “you gotta wear shades, ” we just couldn’t do that to you.

We can only do that to those who have a future by the grace of God, and we’ll try everything possible to be sure God doesn’t have his way, and demonize them as the worst of the worst of the worst to ensure he doesn’t.

Because that’s the way of the elite and the wealthy. The rules don’t apply to them, there is a different set that they have to abide by, and it is as simple as, you don’t have to pay your taxes until you are appointed to a cabinet post, or you can have the taxpayers money and your bonus too, because they didn’t get paid out of the same pot.

No, the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”, certainly doesn’t apply equally.

What do you think?

**UPDATE**

Laird Patten of Winnetka; Anna Soltysiak and Christopher Losey of Chicago; Spencer Carey and Kathryn Brown of Wilmette; and Marie Conway and Eric Padgitt of Northfield were sentenced Monday to 16 hours of community service.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Cook County Circuit Court judge Henry Singer told the teens “Please make sure you have the community service completed, because if not you’ll be in more trouble than you want to be.”

No restitution, damage to property charges, no trespassing.

I’m sure this sentence makes it all better for the homeowner and will teach a lasting lesson to the perpetrators of these crimes.

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5 Responses

  1. I think you need to look at both sides of an issue and stop feeling as though you are so superior to others that you may judge them as you please.

  2. I don’t feel I’m superior to anyone.

    What is the other side of the issue? Kids trashed a house. They couldn’t even pick up the beer cans and throw them in the garbage. They drew lewd pictures on the walls.

    Tell me what the other side of the issue is, please, because just by the above two actions, I can’t see anything that can justify that behavior from people who are a year away from adulthood.

    • Well, the other side is the fact that it was the homeowners daughter arranging every party. While I don’t condone what happened or have any reason to find qualms with you, be aware of the assumptions you made. Yes, they reside in a safe bubble next door to the “elite”, yet there are many families within this area who cannot be classified as such. Said families etch by in order to give their children safety and a most reputable education. Although it is virtually safe to assume they were of the local elite, why? It simply seems bias. I digress. Another factor of “the other side”- basically the whole grade of the guilty had partied there alongside of them (of course, there are more, yet they are more technical and more so only applicable to individuals). Harping on the parents, kids or whomever gets one nowhere. There is a way to move forward in such situations positively.

      All in all, it’s high school, calm down.

      • I think you missed my point and I understand what you’re saying, I grew up in River Forest but my father died when I was 11, so we lived in the lap of luxury but did not enjoy the luxuries our friends had – no going on the senior trip to Nassau for me. When I was 14 my Mom said she’d buy school clothes and dress clothes but if I wanted jeans and records get a job because she couldn’t afford them. She worked full time, none of my friends mother’s did. I got a job. None of my friends did. So I get where you’re coming from, my point was more related to the disparity in treatment of, for you, those “perceived” to be wealthy and those who clearly are not. Kids from the south and west sides of Chicago would have been in jail…..period, and drinking with a bunch of friends would have followed them around forever as trespassing convictions or more. . That was my point, and thanks for your response.

    • I nearly forgot. I am addressing the second issue you had brought up.

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