I am a teacher at a public school in Westchester, NY. As such, I am incredibly sensitive to the issues that affect kids in today's society.
Contrary to what some people believe, kids are incredibly observant and aware of contemporary issues.
Michael Phelps, depicted here as the "clean-cut, All-American boy", made a "bad judgment" and promised that it would "never happen again".
Unfortunately for Phelps, "never again" doesn't fix what has already been done.
My colleague at my school told me about her young son—a fourth grader—who innocently asked his mother about smoking weed. His question was because he had heard that Phelps, whose Olympic gold medals inspired a nation, had been smoking weed.
What is she now supposed to say to her son?
Whether you like it or not, you are a role model Michael Phelps; just like Charles Barkley, he was and still is. The choices you make don't affect me. I am older and educated. However, they affect the kids who look up to you.
Thanks for making drugs part of the average fourth grader's vocabulary.