AA recruits regularly at High Schools, they say there aim is to “educate” not recruit “prospects.” The reality is that they are recruiting for AA when they go to High Schools and have a "talk" with the students. They are also doing it without asking permission from the parents. Churches do not go to High Schools to tell everyone how great there programs are. unless it is a Religious school and from the same faith. I have never heard of a Rabi going to a Catholic Church to tell the congregation how great their religion is and it will solve the evils of everything plaguing mankind. AA gets away with it in public schools because they claim it is “Spiritual, not Religious” (establishment clause).
There are two main problems with recruiting in High Schools. First they do it without the parents permission and the Bill Wilson “seminars” they give are usually mandatory. The second problem is that if the teen gets involved with Alateen, the parents can not stop it or have a say over who their sponsor will be (Alateen Sponsors come from Al-Anon). While it is true that a family can start to spiral out of control, Alateen can make it happen extremely quickly. A parent who drinks on the weekends can easily be labeled an alcoholic by their children, especially if they are in the "rebellion" stage. Alateen gets the school and social services involved and once that happens the parents become a target for the AA members of who quickly start the interrogation process to label them an "Alcoholic" who should be chanting Bill Wilson. Innocent drinking by the parents on weekends can be easily exacerbated by their children who are taught to dis-associate from them and talk about there experiences believing that they are confidential. These experiences are often "embellished" by the urging of the Al-Anon Sponsors and group think. These stories "leak" to social services and other parents (no matter how much they want yo to believe they don't.)
When AA, Al-Anon and Alateen get involved in your child life they are looking for new “Free Salesmen” for the AA corporation started by Bill Wilson.