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The principal at Weston High School is warning student athletes will be suspended from teams and student government members will be relieved of their duties if they take part in senior skip day on Monday.

In a letter sent home to parents, Principal Anthony Parker said senior skip day is characterized by “excessive drinking under the guise of having fun.” He added that pictures of students who were clearly inebriated showed up on Facebook, and there have been reports of students being taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning and other severe injuries.

Parker says the school will go beyond enforcing regular attendance rules, with additional punishments for athletes, members of student government and other extracurricular activities.

He also made an appeal to parents. “If you allow your child to participate in senior skip day, please don’t say he/she was at a doctor’s appointment or argue that he/she should not be given a Saturday School or that any of the consequences listed above not be taken against your child. Let us avoid at all costs the appearance that the philosophies of school and home are at odds.”

What do you think of the principal’s letter? Are the punishments for missing school appropriate because of alcohol problems in the past, or do they go too far? Share your comments below, and watch WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 – 7:00 a.m.

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