Halloween night does not give anyone a license to dishonor others, as the gang of 200 teenagers did in East Aurora. What are these youths going to do with their freedom when they go to college or into the work-a-day world and happen to dislike their professor, boss or co-workers?
Rebellion is dangerous. Parents need to know the whereabouts of their offspring. Especially in an affluent society, not enough discipline and too much freedom makes for trouble.
How about giving these troubled youth a penalty of community service for an extended time? The teens could shovel snow, rake leaves, mow lawns, work in the park or volunteer in nursing homes, where they would really see what life is all about. It might even be a real turn-about for the better.
Halloween pranks have been around for many years, but when the pranks turn malicious, it's time for action before somebody really gets hurt.
ARLENE REED PFITZINGER