At right, you will find a few links to the "Parent Pledge" that our Parent Network has sponsored for a number of years. I want to add my most enthusiastic support to their efforts to help keep our students safe, healthy, and holy.
High school boys are strongly tempted by society and their peers to drink and to experiment with drugs, and many succumb to this pressure. While this can appear harmless at first, we know that eventually it stunts their growth, their maturity, their social and their academic achievement. In short, it jeopardizes their safety and their future.
We know also that particularly in the upper years, as their social life becomes broader and more autonomous, our students are offered alcohol at parties and social events, sometimes with the tacit approval of host parents. Because these young men are under great pressure to succeed academically and socially, and because their egos are at a stage of exploration and risk-taking, it is not difficult for any one of them to develop a serious dependence on alcohol or some other drug.
Therefore, I would ask you to consider seriously and prayerfully whether you are called to sign and adhere to this Pledge. Please understand that by doing so, you are committing yourselves to do all you can to keep your home a place where drugs and alcohol are not available to students. Please keep in mind that allowing students to drink even under your supervision would be directly contrary to the Pledge.
Please be proactive where your son is concerned; find out where he intends to go, call that home, and assure yourselves that he will be adequately supervised, even if the parents of the home where he is going appear on the Pledge list. Above all, try to foster the kind of understanding and open communication with your son that will promote the trust and mutual respect that is at the heart of any loving relationship.
I would also ask that all of us hold these young men and their peers in our hearts, and explicitly intercede for them in our prayers; these are tough times to be a kid, and we need to support them in every possible way.
Again, my thanks for your prayerful consideration of this matter and my best wishes for every happiness and blessing for you and your family in the new school year.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Rev. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.