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May is the season for high school musicals and senior proms. It's also a time when teens are arrested on charges of underage drinking and other summary criminal offenses.
When behavior rules apply outside of school, students who are arrested can lose school activities for 30 days or more. Some seniors have been barred from participating in their high school graduation ceremonies.
Etymology:Middle English, from Latin ritus; akin to Greek arithmos number — more at arithmetic
1 a: a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony b: the ceremonial practices of a church or group of churches
2: a ceremonial act or action