April 10, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Kids these days!

The Seattle Times: Living: Adolescent sex not as common as parents think

The rumors [of sexual adventures at bar mitzvahs] have been a boon for Evan Wofsy, a middle-school teacher from Livingston, N.J., who doubles on weekends as the Bar Mitzvah Bouncer, a tamer of 13-year-olds at fancy affairs.

Anxious parents, including plenty from North Jersey, hire him to make sure kids don't misbehave on the bus between the synagogue and the banquet hall, or in the bathrooms, alcoves and parking lots outside the party room. He gets enough calls to keep him and a few teacher friends chaperoning more than 200 parties a year.

"Do the kids try and make out? Oh, absolutely," Wofsy says. "But more than that? It just doesn't happen. I can't say what goes on when I'm not there, but even when the kids tell me the stuff they've heard, they admit they've never actually seen any of it happen. I think things get fabricated: One thing happens and overnight, there are 14 versions of the story, none of them accurate. That's how middle-school kids are.

"Not that these kids don't keep me busy. They have food fights, throw things out of the bus window, wrestle, put toilet paper rolls in the toilet to clog it, pull fire alarms or break things or hurl party favors at each other. I've got to tell you, keeping these kids from being sexual is the last thing I have to worry about."


FYI: Article is reprint of one appearing in Bergen's Record.

Posted by: andy at April 11, 2005 10:10 AM

The Bergen Record, however, requires registration and password, which the Seattle Times does not. Kudos -- and ad revenue -- to Seattle.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at April 11, 2005 10:45 AM
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