Band mate defends Wilner
Gabe Wilner headed out on Wednesday night to see for himself what a high school party was like. He’s an amazing sax player, and contributes immensely to our high school band. For months, Gabe, along with other high school musicians, has been practicing for the trip to Europe.Gabe took a few drinks, but soon feeling a little bit unsure of the situation, he felt the need to go home. Fortunately, rather than making the mistake of a dangerous drive home, he wound up sleeping in his car. Other high schoolers alleged to him that no cop would ever attempt the drive through the woods. Gabe rested in his car, until the improbable became a serious situation. Police came up that night, (charging) Gabe and a few other high schoolers. A few days after Gabe’s drinking ticket, Gabe found out he was unable to go on the high school bands trip to Europe.I agree that Gabe made a mistake, but haven’t we all? And there is no reason that he should be forced to forfeit his money or miss the chance of a lifetime. I know that Gabe truly is a responsible young man, who made a poor choice that left him torn not only for the sake of his own dignity, but for the pride of our school band. I know Gabe, and I know he spends countless hours every day thinking about music and how to improve our school’s band performances. I believe it is a fallacy to take away such a valuable experience, especially from someone so young. We are yearning for experiences, and we learn by making mistakes, and acknowledging our errors. We are going to Europe so we can discover a culture full of different music and life. To take away such a meaningful experience disappoints me. I hope our administrators will realize what they are taking away from such a diligent student and musician. Gabe has given so much time and effort to the school, and I as a fellow musician feel that it is a poor decision to sentence him by disallowing him to go on the trip.
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