QUESTION: I am the parent of a Calexico High School senior and I would like to know why the high school is taking the senior class to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Don't they know it's dangerous over there? This is crazy. Why don't they take them someplace in the United States? — Worried Mom, Calexico
The high school is not taking the seniors anywhere, according to Roberto Moreno, superintendent of the Calexico Unified School District. If they are going, it's a class activity, not a school function.
If you don't want your daughter to go, put your foot down. Whether she goes depends on her relationship with you. By then, she will be 18 years old and legally an adult. If she decides to go anyway, there's not much you can do about it.
Of course, if she expects you to pay for it, you're in the driver's seat.
Don't fret. We've been to Puerto Vallarta. It's not one of the dangerous areas in Mexico. We've been to Mazatlan when hordes of American high school graduates descended like a noisy flock of starlings. Although they were running around sloshing beer in the hotel corridors, they didn't seem to be in any danger. Since they didn't have cars, drinking and driving was not a problem.