Wednesday, March 23, 2005

60 Australian Moriah College Year 12 yeshiva students suspended for pre-Purim intoxication

4 Comments:

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What in God's name does this post have to do with:
"Accountability and transparency within our institutions and leadership"?

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Moriah Grad said...

Moriah College, even in an 'ad d'lo yada' state, could not conceivably be described as a 'yeshivah' ...... It is a community High school.

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger Conservative Apikoris said...

Oh God, American puritanism has now moved across the Pacific. Get a little drunk, and all of a sudden you're an alcoholic.

What makes a bunch of high school seniors having a kegger at Purim time an example of a "sunstance abuse" problem?

At least the drinking age in New South Wales is still at 18 years old, they haven't adopted the American mishugass of 21.

http://www.dgr.nsw.gov.au/HTML/YOUTHPAGE/youthpage.html#offences

These kids were seniors ("Year 12"), presumably they were 17 years old. Maybe some of them were even 18 and drinking legally.

While I don't advocate breaking the law, the school overreacted in its punishment.

This is typical of Jewish organizations. A few years ago some kids on an Israel tour sponsored by out community went out in the evening and had a few drinks. For this they were sent home in disgrace, and the program leader (who was quite good at leading these tours, and certainly had nothing to do with the kids drinking) was fired.

I'm glad I'm not a teenager nowadays. I did more than my share of underage drinking, but nobody ever bothered me, and now I'm a perefectly respectable responsible adult. But now, the kids have to grow up in an overly-protective facistic environment.

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>What in God's name does this
>post have to do with:
>"Accountability and transparency
>within our institutions and
>leadership"?

The substance abuse problem that exists and needs to be addressed in our community.

1)
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 / 12 AdarII 5765
http://www.ajn.com.au/pages/current-paper/national-04.html
NATIOANL
Sydney students suspended for Purim binge drinking
Oryana Kaufman and Dan Goldberg

SIXTY Year 12 Moriah College students were suspended for one day last week after they turned up at a school pre-Purim party intoxicated with alcohol.

The students met on Bondi Beach early on Friday morning, March 11, where they got drunk before going to the school party. They were suspended for the day on Monday, March 14, and when they returned to school the next day, they were told their Year 12 privileges — which include the right to leave the college campus when they do not have class — had been withdrawn until the end of term two (June 28).

In addition, members of the Moriah student leadership body involved in the incident were ordered to hand over their badges until they earn them back and to complete an educational program designed in consultation with experts.

One of the students, (name removed), was expelled from the college not just because of his behaviour on the day but because he had a previous disciplinary record.

In a statement to the AJN, Moriah College principal Roy Steinman said: “They were specifically warned that the consumption of alcohol before school would not be tolerated and that anybody who arrived at school having consumed alcohol would be suspended and receive further consequences.

2)
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 / 12 AdarII 5765
http://www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=140297

Student drinking leads to suspension

Sixty Australian yeshiva students were suspended from school for showing up drunk to a pre-Purim party.
The seniors at Moriah College in Sydney, who were suspended for a day, also lost their senior privileges after they showed up drunk to the March 11 daytime party, the Australian Jewish News reported. They reportedly met and drank on a local beach before the party at the school.

 

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