Three seniors at Stuyvesant High School delayed a college visitation tour in November by two hours because they were apparently on drugs. This might seem like simple youthful folly, the sort of chagrin and infamy that exists in yearbooks alone. The students were supposed to visit Cornell, Syracuse, Skidmore, Colgate, Vassar, and Binghamton. But for the class of 2014 there would be no Binghamton.
The Spectator reported that one of the three drugged students fainted on the 6:15 a.m. bus. An ambulance arrived, but so did the disappointment:
“The delay really killed the mood. I had friends who fell asleep on the bus and then woke up two hours later, to find that we were [still] outside Stuy. The confusion and disappointment in their faces sums up the feeling,” senior Anthony Chernyak said. “We also had to skip Binghamton [University,] which was the college most people were looking forward to.”
Killed by the very mood that was supposed to be chemically enhanced. A teachable moment: Just as collegiate drug experimentation must occur at college, collegiate tour drug experimentation must also occur on the actual collegiate tour, not on an overheated charter bus that smells sweetly of cleaning fluid at 6:15 a.m.
The teens were fine, the suspensions sustained, but the pain, the anger, linger like a stale essay prompt about a time you overcame adversity.
Several students expressed frustration over the incident. “I was sitting on the other bus, but everyone could tell that something was wrong whether from texts they received or from hearing the wailing sounds of the ambulance,” senior Jennifer Wu said. “When we found out what really happened, the mood really changed from worry to almost anger because we were very eager to visit Binghamton.”
Someone please get these kids to Binghamton.