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Our Opinion: Have fun, but be safe

June 03, 2002

For high school seniors it has been a long and difficult road to the point when they can walk down that aisle, receive their diplomas after four hard years and look toward the future. We wish them the best, but more important we wish them a safe night as they celebrate this special time in their life.

Over the next two weeks there will be many graduations throughout the Imperial Valley. That means young people will celebrate and we urge them to do so responsibly.

We have seen the effects of uncontrolled partying on young people and we don't want to see such tragedies occur this year. We are not suggesting seniors should not enjoy themselves. That would be ridiculous. They deserve to make the most of this moment in their lives.

But they must remember this is only one moment in their lives and there will be many more even more important moments. So this is a call to high school seniors to think as they move into their final days of school. They have spent countless hours earning this time and we do not want to see it ruined. A death or serious injury to a classmate can reverberate throughout the fellow graduates for the rest of their lives.

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We also would send a message to parents to talk to their sons and daughters about being responsible. Remind your graduates it is possible to have a good time with friends without taking unnecessary risks that could prove harmful to themselves and others.

Over the next two weeks the reporters for this newspaper will be covering high school graduations. It's enjoyable to see those who represent the future of the Imperial Valley blowing off a little steam and taking pride in their accomplishments. It's also nice to see the utter joy in parents, who deserve so much credit for helping their children reach this moment.

That is what the graduation is really about — a time for parents and children to celebrate an accomplishment they can share in, because all played a role.

Just think a bit when you are out there. This isn't meant to be a sobering thought, but if it is, so be it. The idea is that you deserve to celebrate, but do it in a way that does not endanger your life or anyone else's.

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