Part of what is wrong with this country today is that we have somehow convinced ourselves that we have rights that don’t exist. Some argue that high school seniors have a right to disregard rules and authority. You may find this difficult to believe, but I agree.
The airline has a right to refuse to allow those same individuals to travel on their plane, too. See there, the world works just like it is supposed to. The biggest disservice we do for our young people is to somehow teach them that they can in some way get a do-over in the world of first choice behaviors. The truth of the matter is that there are rarely such do-overs.
Oh, and one other thing. My suspicion is that not all of the students who were removed from that plane failed to comply with the orders of the pilot and the flight crew. In that case, it is perfectly legitimate for the parents of those students to side with their offspring. The fact is they should not have been inconvenienced because some of their friends couldn’t or wouldn’t follow the rules. The best thing those parents can do, however, is teach their children how to get shafted with graceful humility. It won’t be the last time.
But then that is a real life lesson, too. Sometimes the innocent suffer because of the antics of a few, and there is really nothing that can be done about it. And even if there was, a little bit of unfairness in one’s life never hurt. As for the guilty parties, they should count their blessings. The consequences for buffoonery get more severe as one grows older. And the real question to be answered is “Did you learn anything?”