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Poll: Teen Drinking at Home

A local couple is facing charges of "corruption of minors" after hosting a party where teens drank alcohol.

 

Two local parents are facing corruption of minors charges after they hosted a pool party where teenagers were found drinking alcohol.

As many as 40 kids were reportedly at the party, which followed the Episcopal Academy Junior Prom, Main Line Media News reports in an article about the couple facing charges.

Anita Milici-Matarazzo, who hosted the party, said that most of the kids were staying overnight, and said she invited three friends to chaperone the party.

Francis Matarazzo "said it was under control and it was better for him to host the party rather than have the kids out on their own. He also defended his actions by telling police that they were providing a safe location to have the party because the students were going to drink anyway, so it may as well be supervised," reports the newspaper.

What do you think of the Matarazzo's actions? Do you approve of teenagers drinking with parental oversight?

Jen McGowan August 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Disapprove. Please help teach our children to respect the law for the safety of themselves and others, not to disobey it under "parental supervision."
Annie Webb August 28, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I think it's absurd that an adult would serve alcohol to minors. What you do with your own kid is your own business, but certainly don't make that decision for all those other kids. Did they get approval from the 39 other parents to serve alcohol?
Assaggiatore August 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
This is very complicated considering that in many states it is legal for minors to consume alcohol under some circumstances. Perhaps the various state laws should be standardized http://www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/state_profiles_of_underage_drinking_laws.html As far as parents holding a party with minors who not their children and allowing them to consume alcohol, of course they should be severely punished. A long time ago, my brother had some classmates over for a party in our basement game room while my parents and I were upstairs. Unbeknownst to us, some of his friends smuggled liquor in with them and they even broke down the door to the locked closet where my parents kept their liquor. My brother came up and told my parents what happened and the party was over really quick. Reaction from the other parents was very mixed. Most of them thanked my parents for handling it well while others had a "what's the big deal" attitude and claimed my parents were too strict for sending everyone home
Just me August 28, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Guess what ... these kids are drinking other places on other nights and they are not "supervised" or "under control"... on this given night there just happened to be parents that were dumb enought to "oversee" it. Since the police were called at 2:00 in the morning, I'd say this wasn't under control. And the screwed up logic that "most of them were spending the night" - all that means is they had the whole night to drink. This is going on way too much these days ... I realize teens drink, but as parents to actually facilitate it is just plain stupid ... and by the way, just because you may think that your kid is mature enough to drink, that doesn't mean other kids are.
Anthony Wayne August 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Frank and Anita's troubles are about to begin. Good luck!
CJ August 28, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I'm sorry, but isn't the legal drinking age 21? If these kids were caught drunk, say in a car or walking on the street, they would be arrested. If they are drunk at home with the parents and the parents KNOW about it and enabled it, the parents should be held accountable. 40 underage kids drinking at a party? Unbelievable. It shocks me to see how far some parents will go to be the "cool parents". I know kids will drink, but enabling it just doesn't make sense to me as a parent.
Catherine August 29, 2012 at 03:02 AM
The 21 year old drinking age has been a bad idea from the start. Individuals 18 years old and up are forced to drink fast when they get the chance which leads to them getting too drunk. These kids understand the difference between having beer at a party and driving while drunk. You don't hear about many minors getting picked up for DWI because they're smart enough to designate a driver for the night -- or they call their parents for a ride. Unfortunately if you take this position, you're ignorantly labeled as someone who Likes the idea of drunks killing people in cars, i.e. being against MADD.
Annie Webb August 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Juniors in HS aren't 18 years old.
Just me August 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM
These kids were 15 and 16 and that age group has no idea how to handle their liquor. I would also put money on most of the parents of the parents of the kids that were at that party had no idea of what was going on at this "supervised" post prom party.

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