Originally Posted by hebroncougar
Or he told the party, and they chose to not obey the rules. So, you punish the kid? If we all judged "character" on how 17 or 18 year old kids parents act, we're in trouble. I really think your should rethink that.
The kid and his parents signed a piece of paper assuming responsibility for the behavior of his barrackers (supporters). His supporters didn't behave as expected. A sanction was imposed (hardly a punishment...geez some community hours he probably could get helping his football coach). The sanction had been previously advised in the letter.
The actions of his parents are not the issue, but the kid's actions and response leave much to be desired.
Every explanation I can think of does not reflect well on the kid.
Here are a few:
1. Didn't read what he signed. (Do I have to explain this?)
2. Read but didn't take action (Mom said she didn't know about it),
Traci Cornist says if she signed it, she never read it.
3. Read but didn't understand.
4. Read, understood but in the end failed to accept responsibility for what he signed, for whatever reason (we can speculate about that too)
5. Some combination of the above.
I'm not a terrible person and I understand that the kid didn't do anything heinous. But the way things unfolded does not, IMO, reflect well on him.
No, I would not hire him (well maybe if the alternatives were worse). The kids who owned up to their parents' exuberance and did some service, no problem.