Underage Drinking

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Underage Drinking
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Mon, 02-18-2013 - 8:02am

We have friends who find nothing wrong with allowing their 16 year olds to drink. They allow them to have beer pong parties with their friends (because they are doing it in their home) and allow them to try different types of wines (In their words "to make them a connoisseur of wine").

We find this unacceptable as if they are doing it at home, you know they are doing it elsewhere and these kids are able to drive now so I can not believe that none of them ever drive home drunk.

What does everyone think of this?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:02pm
Amazing that they were able to bring in alcohol BEFORE the dance too. This was something planned and not just a last minute thing. Tells you a lot and this would have not have gone over very well with me knowing that there is a room that students could get into and bring alcohol and that there was no security at my child's school to stop it.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:06pm
Yes, it was very well planned and executed. We're talking smart kids here. Just not as smart as they thought.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:07pm
Why would you assume that?
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:07pm
I wouldn't exactly call them smart if they are drinking underage. I wouldn't exactly call the school smart either for not discovering this before the dance.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:07pm
Assume what?
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:09pm
Gosh. They didn't do a complete search of the entire school before the dance started. They did notice when kids started "going to the bathroom" but walking toward an area of the school they didn't need to be....I am perfectly satisfied with the way that the entire matter was handled.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:10pm
What kind of room was this that was not utilized before the dance?
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:12pm
Why would you assume that I haven't discussed alcohol use and abuse with my kid, and know him well enough to detect signs of a problem? He's a good kid who has earned our trust over sixteen and a half years of his life. I feel pretty comfortable treating him like the decent human being he's turning out to be, and not like a potential criminal who needs to be searched upon exiting the residence.
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Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:13pm
Why would it actually have to be a problem? It can't just be social use at these dances and parties he goes to? Has he specifically said he has never tried alcohol?
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:17pm

It was a classroom with an attached cloakroom that was supposed to be locked.  The students found a way to fix the door so they could get in and out, and set up a fairly well hidden minibar in the cloakroom.  Then they told the other students how to get in.  It was wrong, of course.  They were caught, and punished.

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