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Braintree Police Give Students Life Lesson

In life, there are rules and regulations. It’s just a fact of life in a civilized society. When you don’t do what you are supposed to, then there are sometimes consequences. In the case of some sixty-five Braintree High School students, who did not park between the lines, to make a point; were ticketed and generated $975 in fines for violating the parking rules.

The Braintree Police posted this on their Facebook page: “Hey BHS Peeps! We know it has been so long since you parked in the student lot so here’s a parking lot refresher. You better sit down for it…. Park “between” the white lines. Not across. Actually, we heard the “Senyas” did this to teach the “Junyas” a lesson for parking in their turf. We take parking lot turf wars very seriously. We “the Po Po”, are in turn teaching 65 of you a lesson. Ps: Those are not free ice cream cone coupons to Daddy’s Dairy. Thank you for raising $975 for the town.”

You have to wonder, was the Seniors point to the Juniors worth $15 to each of them? Will these students complain and whine about how unfairly they were treated for their inappropriate behavior? Will they claim that they are being “harassed” and “singled out”? Probably. Will some of these students actually use this experience as a life lesson and seek a more productive path to work together in the future? Hopefully.

You will notice in one of the photographs the majority of vehicles are parked as most would expect, in the actual parking spaces “between” the lines, so the maximum number of vehicles could be parked. While the minority of vehicles were parked across the lines (the Seniors), probably inconveniencing other students (the Juniors).

This illustrates a point, that the majority usually do the right things and follow the rules or use good judgement, while the minority do not and sometimes have consequences. The metrics for Liberty Commons mirrors this point exactly, the overwhelming majority do the right things (which is appreciated), and occasionally might get a warning and immediately correct the issue. While the minority do the wrong things (sometimes repeatedly and for long periods of time), ignore warnings, get fines, and then complain and protest, but most of these individuals don’t take responsibility for their own actions that led to the consequences. In these individual’s minds, it is always someone else’s fault and never theirs.

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