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Allie Hallebo, Staff Writer

Students advised to consider “dark side” to Homecoming

Students celebrate the night of Homecoming to the fullest. Tagging along for the crazy ride is expected. When going to Homecoming, the assumption of having a great time full of dancing and hanging out with friends is the only thought on a student’s mind.

But, according to senior Marisol Gonzalez, “Some of the partying is way too extreme.” She acknowledges the whole other side to the event that most people refuse to notice- the dark side.

“There are always incidents that occur at the Homecoming events. Even though students are rarely intoxicated while at the dance, there have been past incidents that have involved drinking and suspension,” Harry Nerenberg, guidance counselor at Palmetto, said.

Even though everyone looks to have a great time and party the way that the youth know best, there are certain consequences that follow irresponsible actions.

“Students fail to notice that if you get suspended, that goes on your permanent record and if you’re a senior, your colleges of interest are contacted. Essays need to be written on why you did what you did, and there is a whole process to the punishing,” Nerenberg said.

Senior Kathleen Hand said that her Philosophy teacher, Patrick Hughes, “talked about how students once went to the dance intoxicated after having taken Jell-O shots.” Neither she nor Gonzalez believe it appropriate to attend school events

Palmetto Thespians Troupe 1298 will take actions against  drunk driving this upcoming homecoming week On Nov 3 to Nov 5, they will have a wrecked car that has been in an accident displayed on the basketball court for all students to see to remind them of the possible effects of drinking and driving.

Homecoming may seem like a time of joyous celebration with friends and classmates, but it certainly deceives its partakers into confusing its “light” side from its “dark” side.

“The underclassmen are the students that really have the most fun,” Nerenberg said. “They view the dance and party as a privilege, whereas the upperclassmen see it as