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The pog war is Back

One of the perks of finally being a senior is that the 12th graders get to partake in a “real” drug ring. Mr. Wes Rogge’s government classes have been participating in this “pog” tradition for the past three years. Mr. Ron Macks, who has since retired, presented the idea to Mr. Rogge. The game was originally orchestrated with candy, not the fun loving cardboard pogs. It was not until Mr. Rogge took over full-time that the game used pogs.

For those who aren’t familiar with pogs, they have absolutely nothing to do with drugs. The goal of the game is for the kids to have fun and learn a thing or two. The classes just wrapped up a unit on the drug war in America and the rest of the world, so this game hopefully brought some reality into Chesterland’s distant view of the drug war.

The game consists of drug dealers, users, kingpins, cops, lawyers, and judges. Each student is assigned a certain position, and some students were assigned “unknowns,” which meant that they could have any of those jobs. Students were issued either money pogs or drug pogs (X symbols for drugs and $ symbols for money). From there the game started with a bang. Within the first 10 minutes, students were creating alliances, stealing from one another and stabbing their friends in the back: all for small, circular cardboard pieces.

As usual, the game started strongly, but students became restless about the whole situation. Between the stress of finding the kingpins (those with direct contact with Mr. Rogge for more pogs) and then being caught by the undercover police, there was no time to sit down and actually work during study hall. The game was fun in the beginning but slowly began just to be an annoyance; you couldn’t go through one conversation without talking about the game.

As such, the game did teach the seniors a thing or two about drugs, mainly that it was not worth getting into countless fights with your friends over trivial things. The week finally ended with the accused on trial. If found guilty, the convicted student had to spend one period in the ISS office. Not exactly like the punishment one would get if caught with drugs in the “real world,” but it did make us think !!


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