Sports Gambling Rolls into the Schoolrooms of Suburbia Easy Credit and Sheepish Parents Add to the Rise of Underage Gambling
Ron Scherer, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
IN middle school, most kids learn about numbers in algebra class. Thirteen year-old Mike S. learned about them by gambling.
At first, his habit cost him a few dollars a week. It started small, minor bets placed on professional sports games as part of a pool at his part-time job. Then he got the phone number of a "bookie" and began placing his own bets. Four years after he started, Mike racked up a gambling IOU of $12,000 in just one week.
Teenage gambling is not new. But experts believe it is quietly on the rise, fed by an increasing acceptance of it in society. Casinos and state lotteries abound. Bookies give easy credit to teens. And mortified parents are paying …
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Publication information: Article title: Sports Gambling Rolls into the Schoolrooms of Suburbia Easy Credit and Sheepish Parents Add to the Rise of Underage Gambling. Contributors: Ron Scherer, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: May 18, 1995. Page number: 3. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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