TCU Drug Bust

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16 fév. 2012, 16h02m

Re: Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Texas-

A few days back they were the darling of the nation in many ways. Academics, a sterling education, athletics, Christian principles. Any parent would be thrilled to have their child attend there during the critical formative young adult years.

Why is it that the media just loves to watch anyone or any institution twist in the wind when something goes awry? It takes years- decades- sometimes even centuries to build up a solid reputation. And it all comes crashing down in days when a few wayward miscreants wander too far off the reservation...

In reading the news - and watching it unfold on television, there is one thing that I must add to the rush to judgment about TCU, their students, and the culture that seems to contribute to this type of behavior.

TCU is certainly not alone in this regard. We all know that drugs can be found (bought, sold, and used) on any university campus in the country. Not to mention high schools.

But where else might such things occur?

Just to make certain that we are on a level playing field, I might suggest that all of the Fort Worth Police Department (and others), all employees of the Star Telegram and other news reporting entities, employees of all state and national agencies-- even the White House staffers -- at any level -- take the same "surprise" drug tests that were administered to the TCU football team. Oh- and all the - employees of TCU, administrators and their staff included.

You and I know that the results would not be pretty... If you think otherwise, you are a diehard idealist.

Ok- so some of these "kids" may be into stuff that they have no business messing with. But SOMEHOW most of them were probably also taking a heavy course load from a respected university, working part-time jobs or were heavily involved in sports or other worthwhile activities - up until now.

NOW they will be castigated and thrown aside like a dead pet that has started stinking. All because of drugs?

Did we not just see what drugs did for (and to) Whitney Houston- and many others who took that perilous path - yet have been immortalized for the talents they shared with the world?

Steve Jobs admitted taking acid, for Pete's sake! And musicians and entertainers laugh all the way to the bank--- and rehab-- about their own drug and alcohol abuse. Some are now contrite, and try to discourage others from making the same mistakes..... but most just go on about their business.

The list is long-- and our media often shows illegal drug use in a positive way- especially notable in main-stream and popular movies and even television shows - not to mention MOST "popular" music.

Is there a mixed message here? You bet there is! But the hidden message that many young people get is this:

-do what you think you have to do to get through the crap so you can do what REALLY matters.

Just don't get caught.

MANY famous and "successful" people --and even our sitting and two former Presidents have admitted to unlawful drug partaking at one time or another.
These kids are just trying to get by- and are making the wrong choices- but they are not necessarily evil little vermin who must be stopped and incarcerated for their mistakes!

I wonder how many "law-abiding" citizens took Xanax or Prozac or whatever they could afford that their doctor prescribed - so they could get through THEIR day? Doesn't make it right- but how many of them were given a random drug test and shown the door immediately after failing it?

I don't condone taking ANY drugs that aren't necessary- although I imbibed a bit myself when I was in college (UT- back in the early 70s) - but I also don't condone ripping people's dreams apart just because they made a mistake and took the wrong drug! I realize that there is a difference in taking -- and selling-- drugs. But not much...

Have you watched "Weeds" lately on Showtime? Do you want me to list others?

----(One aside note here-- when I was a paid staffer of a member of the Texas Legislature back in the 70's it was easy to buy marijuana- and other illegal drugs- in the restrooms right there in the state capitol - from other staffers. It was just too much for me to even consider-- I didn't want to be on the front page of every newspaper in Texas or bring down my employer with me if I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those "dealers" went on to become quite successful in their later careers - and I don't mean by dealing drugs.)

And I learned to find a different restroom.

I'm not at all certain that things have changed much since then, despite billions of dollars being spent on the "drug war". And THOUSNDS of users and dealers have been incarcerated. Once you enter that side of the legal system, it is extremely difficult to assimilate back into society. So many wasted lives...

I'm not sure who was getting hurt at TCU - it seems like many of the football players were doing a pretty good job of what they were tasked with- and the students were hopefully in the process of becoming better citizens- for the future - but now they will sit in jail and spend thousands of dollars in the HOPE that they just MIGHT get back to where they were- before the big bust came down. They will never be the same. Never.

Will TCU?

But the Fort Worth Police Department feels that they have done us all a big service by going "undercover" and arresting a handful of student drug dealers. Heck- Fort Worth and TCU is now (in)FAMOUS-- all over the national and international news media!

And we THINK and HOPE that the youths of our nation will see what harm might come to them IF they get caught - but it just ain't working.

There has GOT to be a better way...

http://www.last.fm/music/Quicksilver+Messenger+Service/_/What+About+Me

And the march just goes on.....

Commentaires

  • johnTMcNeill

    ok- I'm not saying or implying that selling illegal drugs is a reasonable or rational way to make a few extra bucks. What I am trying to say here is maybe we are a bit hasty in deciding what constitutes "illegal" on the basis of harm to society. And that just maybe the police departments and justice system in America could find something else to do with their time besides going after students. I abhor drug dealers- not my kind of people. I am simply bewildered that the Fort Worth Police Department is so proud of weeding out 18 "dealers" out of a student body of 8200 people. Thus the other 8000 or so get tagged as druggies instead of young people pursuing their dreams by getting an education. Apply that to any company of 8200 employees and see what you get.... Locking everyone up that gets caught with an illegal drug is not doing much more than filling up the jails across America. There has to be a better way. There just HAS to be a better way. Any suggestions? It is obvious that the war on drugs has failed miserably. Drugs flow across our border and people get killed trying to stop it. I see that. But do you really think that these 18 students are in the same category as the drug cartels of Mexico and other countries who stop at nothing to get at the lucrative drug routes across America? Really? I don't. We are throwing out the baby with the bathwater...

    16 fév. 2012, 19h55m
  • johnTMcNeill

    well- I'm not through with this particular rant yet-- . You won't see me getting upset when the police "crack down" on the drug dealers who fuel the pimps and prostitutes and hardcore addicts with heroin and crack cocaine- both of which have the propensity to immediately and forever change the thinking of normal people and turn them very quickly into addicts who will do anything to get their next fix.. Must be good stuff- I wouldn't know. The dealer/pimps are the real turds here. Nevertheless- I don't think these students were driving around in Cadillac Escalades with $4000 wheels and gold plated accessories. They weren't "undercover students" that were most involved in dealing drugs. I do NOT condone their behavior- let me make that perfectly clear. Even TCU has jumped ahead of the parade by saying that anyone who is involved with illegal drugs should be kicked out and prosecuted. And then a big WHOOPS! when it was discovered that some of their best and brightest football stars - and other students - were indeed involved. Like Gomer Pyle said, "surprise, surprise, surprise!" "Don't ask / don't tell" didn't work very well either.... I might have preferred that these students be caught red-handed then made to see the potential devastation for their lives and future careers- that they are supposedly working so hard to achieve. Kind of a "This Is Your Life / This Is Your Life On Drugs" -- Crash Course101. TEACH them something in addition to the logic of abstinence. Then watch them like a hawk, give then a drug test every week and tell them that there IS NO next time - not at TCU. Well, let's see- there IS a next time in the NFL, NBA, and other sports (we all love Josh Hamilton, don't we? I do!) -And the state of New Jersey is flying their flags at half-mast to honor Whitney Houston. And Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse and Etta James records are flying off the shelf. And they made a movie about Ray Charles- quite a talented character. Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Steven Tyler, Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, - heck I don't have the space or the time to think of them all. One would hope that they might have been even BETTER without the drugs. But.. they sure reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen field -- and many also rode the terrible train wreck downhill afterward. hmmmm.. Kinda confusing to an adolescent/teenager/ young person who is searching and often trying to read between the lines about what is REAL and what is "propaganda"... " Reefer Madness" just made them laugh- and distrust the government. One other tiny little detail that bothers me. TCU is Texas CHRISTIAN University. What was it that Jesus said to the prostitute who was about to be stoned to death - and the crowd who had gathered with rocks in their hands ready to perform the act? "Ye who is without sin cast the first stone." And To Mary Magdalene he replied- "Go- and sin no more." For the record-- the crowd dispersed and Mary Magdalene turned out to be a devout follower of Jesus until the very end. Maybe there is a lesson here we should all pay attention to. I see a lot of rock-throwing being done- all over America.

    17 fév. 2012, 1h47m
  • johnTMcNeill

    03-06-2012 update- the police have now reported that there was a LARGE quantity of drugs and significant cash far beyond what a "buddy dealer" might have on hand. From what they are now reporting, I would say adios to whoever was behind that. Those were NOT just students acting up- at least not all of them. Some were indeed most likely drug dealers with a ready market nearby- plain and simple. That I cannot condone. Never did, never would. I still don't like the way the police, the media and TCU administrators rolled this out to the public. But I never did expect a Christian university to look the other way while drug dealing went on right there on campus. I would have preferred to at least hear that TCU was disappointed and frustrated that TCU students have not gotten the message that drugs were not permitted on campus, and that whoever got caught up in this should have known better and behaved more responsibly. And then let the chips fall where they may... Maybe they can add a new course next semester-- Rehab101.

    7 mars 2012, 2h03m
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