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June 10, 2013

COLUMN: So, did you learn anything?

MILLEDGEVILLE — Did you see the media reports this past week where 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were removed from the plane because they were acting like a bunch of buffoons? It seems as if the teenagers, all seniors from a high school in Brooklyn, were ordered off the flight around 6 a.m. as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that AirTran’s parent company, Southwest Airlines, issued a statement indicating the flight attendants asked the young passengers several times to take their seats and put away their mobile devices.

Apparently, when some students wouldn’t comply, they ordered them to disembark for safety reasons, according to an airline spokesperson. The airline eventually put the students on other planes and delivered them to their destination, albeit in some cases 12 hours later than their planned arrival.

Ok — I know what some of you are thinking. They are just kids, and the airline overreacted. Hold onto that thought. I will come back to it.

I am the proud father of two sons. They are grown now and well on their way to having families of their own. Both are married, gainfully employed, and facing the challenges of everyday living just like I did.

Their rent comes due on the first of the month, the power company will turn off their lights if they don’t pay their bill, and the cities where they live are licking their chops at the hope that the water bill is late so that the municipality can cut off their water and charge an exorbitant fee to turn it back on.

They each have vehicles that require them to register in the respective state within which they live; they must pay their insurance premium on time, and they must fill out a tax return annually by April 15.    They each hold positions of responsibility that require them to act like somebody.

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