Allowed to have smoke breaks at school!! What next!!?

@fawcey (928)
Australia
November 21, 2007 12:55am CST
I heard this on the radio the other day and I can't get my head around the logic behind it. I mean they have recently here in Australia banned smoking inside pubs and clubs, but a 16 year old in Canberra I think is allowed to have smoke breaks at school because her mum told the school she gets too stressed with out one!!! WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!?? I mean get a life, there are so many ways to look at this. I who no longer smokes but was a heavy smoker and yes smoked when I was 16, (but hey I and a lot of other 16 year olds managed to get through school (maybe not without sneaking a smoke or two) And if I was at school and someone else was allowed a smoke break I imagine there would be a big kick up and a lot more requesting it, what's good for one is good for all,right? I know I would have said hey what about me!Mind you I imagine we would have been laughed at if we even suggested such a thing!!! Now apparently the mother of the 16 year old went to the school requesting her daughter have the smoke breaks cos she comes home from school grumpy if she doesnt have them?! I hate to say it but that is just being 16!!I think the hardest part to comprehend is that the school actually said yes! This girl is going to grow up with the, if lifes to hard then everyone else has to change to accomidate me and my needs, sh*t, people have to work with no smoke breaks, they dont like it but thats life. What are other people's views on this?
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@furion1 (274)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
What?! Smoke breaks for a 16 year old girl?! This is just too ridiculous! Her mother and the school should know better. Smoking is bad for the health. So what if she comes homes all grumpy? That is because she is addicted to it. Why don't they help her stop smoking? Instead, they influence her to smoke. The mother and especially the school should be the models to other children. Letting someone smoke means others can smoke too. What if all students have smoke breaks? Would the school still be a safe place to learn? I agree with you that we should overcome our needs and hardships. Life is hard and the world should not change because of one's hardships or troubles. Lastly, I think they should help her when she is still young. She might take that habit forever!
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I know what you mean furion1, I would have thought helping her overcome her addiction would have been a more sensible way to go. They have patches and things to help with cravings when people are quitting, why not let her use these when at school if she is not coping. It is a good point you made to furoin1, would school still be a safe place to learn if all the kids that wanted to had smoke breaks? I think not, not a healthy place that's for sure! =)
@furion1 (274)
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
Thanks. :-) Yes, there are a lot of alternatives for the girl like patches. Maybe they should think about that.
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
11 Dec 07
It seems those involved didn't think to much at all furion1, they seemed to just take the easiest way out, rather than look at the alternatives like patches and other things. Thanks again furion1 and have a Merry Christmas and A happy new Year. =)
• Canada
22 Nov 07
Well When I was in highschool when we had our regular breaks we had a smoke pit to go smoke in so I don't see it any different unless she is getting one break an hour then yeah thats friggin ridiculous.
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I think the point is that now with the smoking laws so strict and so much anti smoking around, and not even adults allowed to smoke on school grounds ,it is just so way out there it isn't funny! I can't understand how it was allowed. They banned smoking in all pubs and clubs a few weeks ago, but then this!
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
21 Nov 07
In grade 12 I started smoking. We didn't have smoke breaks but we had breaks between classes and lunch. I always took smokes on those breaks. You can always " go to the bathroom" to in order to have a smoke.
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
Thats right, I know smoking is not allowed at school, but I also know kids hide and do it anyway( me being a smoker from age 15), but to actually have a time where the teacher says 'ok, time for smoke break' it is just wrong. They need to help her not accomadate to her every wish. Thanks Monkeyrose.
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• Canada
22 Nov 07
I too agree that we shouldn't be telling kids to go out for a smoke break. Docters now tell pregnent women to just slow down and not quit. We actually were aloud to smoke at school thoug... on breaks.
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
11 Dec 07
I agree Monkey Rose, times have changed and no one should be encouraging anyone to smoke, especially pregnant women, and of course kids. Were you acually 'allowed' to smoke at lunch and other break times or was it still not allowed but you had secret smoke breaks? Thanks again for your reply Monkeyrose I hope you have a Great Christmas and a happy new year. =)
@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I think that allowing kids to have smoke breaks is rediculous. If adults aren't allowed them at work etc then why should kids be allowed them. Kids need to be discouraged from smoking not incouraged. If one kid is allowed then the others will follow suit.
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
That is the first thing i thought, If one kid is allowed then others will follow suit. It is not a great example to set to the rest of the kids at the school. It is almost like the school is saying smoking is ok, it will help you cope better at school!! Kids need to definitly be discouraged from smoking, not incouraged.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
21 Nov 07
this is totally ridiculous... i think the daughter is just a spoiled brat (sorry for saying this) and her mum pampers her too much... you are right... we can't get everything that we want... this is life...life is hard and full of struggle... she have to learn to live with it... especially she is just 16 and she still have a lot to learn when she comes to the real world... and the school is unbelievable... i can't believe that the school actually allows her to do that... totally ridiculous...
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
Don't be sorry lingli_78, I agree with you. her mum isn't making it easier for her daughter by doing this. As you pointed out we cant get or have everything we want in life, so it is setting her up for a real shock. And yes I agree the school has a lot to answer to, I mean it comes down to what they decided in the end, which is as you put 'totally ridiculous!!' :-)
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Amazing isn't it? Adults can't smoke in or sometimes even near a restaurant or public building yet they give kids a smoke break! What is this world coming to??
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I hate to think sometimes ctrymuziklvr, what the world is coming to. It is to scarey to think about for to long. Makes one shudder.
• United States
21 Nov 07
Smoking should not be allowed on school property by students regardless of their ages. I am not a smoker, but do believe that some accommodations be made for the teachers in a far remote open place on campus. Recently, two teachers were shot when they went off school site to have their smokes. This parent need to deal with their child. A big problem is that the child is ruling the parent in our society.
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I agree totally docramie, smoking shouldn't be allowed on school property, by students ,but depending on the rules of the school regaurding teachers and smoking, if they are allowed to smoke at lunch break there needs to be a place designated where they are not in view of students but still safe. This parent definitly needs to deal with their child and teach their child better ways to deal with stress, life is full of it but the rest of the world wont be as accomadating to bending the rules just for the sake of her wanting a smoke, so she is less 'grumpy'. I personaly don't think it is a matter of the child ruling the parent,it is that some parents shouldn't be parents.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
21 Nov 07
Maybe the mom of that 16-year-old presented the school a "Letter of Verification" from a "Specialist" to support her 'plea'.... ?? Everyone knows that smoking is just not good for your health (for the smokers, plus the people around them) - so... this mom is actually 'encouraging' her girl to smoke ??... and asking the school, which is suppose to be teaching students to do the 'correct thing', to allow her daughter to do something exactly the opposite.... Hmmm....
• United States
21 Nov 07
Wow I cannot believe what I have just read. FIrst off smoking is prohibitied under the age of 18. I'm not gonna preach that though because I know I was smoking well before the legal age. But how is someone allowed to smoke in school? these are kids. Here in Pennsylvania you not even allowed to smoke in resturants or bars anymore its totally banned.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
21 Nov 07
Its absolutely ridiculous...They are f*cked in the head to even fathom the idea.....(sorry but this gets my goat)...Your not allowed to smoke in the streets,or at work , pubs and clubs like you mentioned, what gives them the right !!! . And Um , dont you have to be 18 to buy smokes, the mother should be charged for buying them for her...Who cares if she gets stressed out, thats life deal with it...
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I agree Calais, don't apoligise, they all need their heads read, and yes the mother should be charged with something!! I was absoultly stunned when I heard it and John laws on the Radio was calling the mother stupid, over and over, I think he was hoping she might call!!! I 'm sorry Transdisc but it get's my goat also!!! Not Mr Bigshot though!!
@shakeroo (3991)
• Malaysia
21 Nov 07
I could not believe that I am reading this and I could not believe that this news is coming from a country such as Australia. I wonder what is going on in their heads. I wonder what's next too!
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I was in the same boat Shakeroo, I still am at a loss at what was going through their heads. I mean the school is the one with a responsibility to a lot of children not just her, and the mother is too dumb for words!