Comment 38592

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted March 05, 2010 at 12:50:29

The idea that it's "acceptable" behaviour for students to be drunk and rowdy bothers me.

If there were a bunch of 40-year-olds constantly doing the same things in your neighbourhood, it wouldn't be tolerated. Why is it OK for students to do the same?

They should be able to understand the same rules of adult society everyone else does - do it on your own property and don't bother anyone else with your noise or destroy anyone's property, or else there's serious consequences (well, unless you live in an area of town the cops don't care about, or there's not enough societal pressure from your neighbours... or...)

The point is, part of treating them like adults is not excusing the 0.5% (or 5%, or 10%) that are acting like "stereotypical irresponsible rowdy college students", and welcoming them into adult society with its inherent respect for others - and consequences if that's not done, same as any other adult.

I'm not that old . But I'll call the cops if a party goes too loud - and they shut them up, even though I'm in a mostly poor neighbourhood, most of us are pretty quiet and law-abiding. I call bylaw if garbage is left on a front lawn or snow isn't shoveled - and they deal with it. (And I also sometimes just get out there and pick up the garbage and shovel the snow). Why can't you do the same in Westdale with students as I can with my man-child neighbours?

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