It's all too easy for youth to derail their future.
There was St. Paul's School student, Owen Labrie, who blew a Harvard scholarship in an ambiguous she said/he said sexual encounter with a classmate who was a minor. In addition, he will serve a year in jail and have "sex offender" on his record.
Now, there's Luke Gatti. He ranted about the lack of Mac & Cheese at a University of Connecticut cafeteria. He's no longer at UConn (school won't release details). And, as the AP reports, he has applied for probation. The charges against him are breach of peace and trespassing. His temper tantrum was caught on video and went viral.
Of course, severe consequences for youthful behavior is nothing new. When Baby Boomers were doing college, returning to the dorm drunk or remaining out hours after curfew were verboten. The student court could meet and you could be suspended or expelled.
In addition, The Pill was just going mainstream. So, females were still getting pregnant. Abortion hadn't been made legal yet. Usually that also could deep-six a promising future. It was and still is hard for mothers to resume studies.
Today, many of us Baby Boomers are still baffled how we made it through those years of lousy judgment. I could have wound up losing my scholarship, without a college education, in jail, or in a psychiatric hospital. This Thanksgiving, the miracle that I bypassed those tragedies is on my Gratitude List.