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VENICE, LA - JUNE 01: Contract workers from BP use skimmers to clean oil from a marsh near Pass a Loutre on June 1, 2010 near Venice, Louisiana. Earlier in the day, U.S. President Barack Obama called the Deepwater Horizon accident the "greatest environmental disaster of its kind in our history." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
For the last 40+ days an oil spill has raged in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving destruction in its wake.
A group of Bartlett High School rabble-rousers poured oil on the school floor as part of a senior prank in May and recently received community service sentence for the stunt.
Perhaps BP could learn a few lessons from these students.
After Zach C. Konstanzer, Stephen C. Maggard, Kyle M. Davis (all 18 years old), and three 17-year-olds poured a combination of baby oil and vegetable oil on several handrails, they immediately took responsibility and talked about how bad they felt.
"im sorry for what i did," Konstanzer, the main perpetrator wrote on his improptu baby-oil themed Facebook page. "im not proud and it was a mistake."
Konstanzer and other were sentenced to 24 hours of community service and the seniors are not allowed to walk at their graduation or participate in any extra curricular activities.
British Petroleum should have done the same and taken responsibility immediately. They should suffer their punishment -- dwindling stock prices -- with dignity and give back to the community they harmed.
The Bartlett boys are doing 24 hours for their baby oil spill. How much should BP get?
Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.