By DANIEL LANNON
Susquehannock High School
Well, that’s it. March Madness is over! All the nail-biting, same-jersey-wearing, bracket mania is over. It’s finally time to count up all your winnings from the NCAA tourney — but that’s exactly the problem.
Gambling has become the norm in the U.S. Everyone seems to bet on anything in his or her sight. The NCAA tournament has, for years, drawn huge attention to bracket making. And what has come out of it? Gambling on a fan’s favorite team. Trouble is, teens are caught up in the midst of this gambling problem.
All over schools, for the past couple of weeks, kids have been passing around brackets and placing more bets. The fact of the matter is that gambling is a nasty habit that can get someone in serious trouble if they’re not careful.
Another problem is the poker fad. More and more kids are picking up on winnings from poker and other card games between other teens. Kids make a night out of gambling at high stakes in a kid’s basement or kitchen. Teens pick up on poker from other kids and TV shows such as “The World Poker Tour,