Growing up these days is tough! Especially if you’re a teen who’s been raised to believe that whether you win or lose you deserve a participation trophy, at a time when a running clock keeps your football team from getting spanked too harshly and with the belief that the answers to life’s most pressing questions can be found in the latest Youtube video. Students at Willoughby-Eastlake high school found out this week that losing has consequences when defeat of a school support levy triggered immediate budget cuts that will effect art programs, field trips and extra-curricular activities. Some students were so upset at the issues’ defeat on Tuesday that some walked out of classes yesterday to show their unhappiness. I’m not sure how they thought such a move would change the minds of a majority of their parents, aunts, uncles or Grandparents to vote yes when the district tries again to get a levy passed next March but they did get some statewide publicity. In the meantime a dose of reality might be the best lesson they learn in school this year. That’s the way I see it.