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Letter: School Should Alert Parents to Dangers of Post-Prom Shore Houses

Resident suggests Westfield High School should hold the prom on a Monday or a Tuesday.

The school is not informing parents of seniors about the dangers of "the Prom Shore House." Too many parents have no idea. The school does not sponsor or is involved with supervising the kids when they go down the shore after the prom.

Over the past several years many kids got very drunk, have had the police come to the shore houses, have gone to the emergency room, have been arrested, and do I need to mention the drugs being used by the kids? One day someone is going to get seriously hurt or die. Many parents think this is OK'd by the school.

The school must make a better effort of telling the parents; the parent who signs the contract to rent the house MUST be insane; the kids don't even care about the Prom, they are focused on going to the shore house. Parents of seniors better wake up to the fact and start some sort of parent/school meetings.

I said MEETINGS because one is not enough because not all parents will get a notice the first time. Once ALL parents get the facts, then it's buyer beware.

Suggestions:

1) The school MUST make a better effort of what goes on down there 
2) Have the Prom on a Monday or Tuesday.

John Mancini

Westfield, NJ

Reality Check August 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The facts are simple. Kids are finding houses to drink at every weekend (and more when they are home from college)- Certain parents look the other way and clearly don't care about the insurance and legal risks they take by allowing this- Cops also ignore and refuse to bust these houses- they just wait until they are driving to pull them over- Most kids are pretty good about not drinking and driving -thanks to DARE-which needs to come back- As for Shore house- it has nothing to do with schools- the letter writer is out of his mind thinking its their responsiblity- personally I hate it but kid was 18 and made up his own mind- my other kid did not want to go and be part of that - to each his own- But like was said earlier- shame on the parents that provide Beer and Vodka for these kids and rent the houses in the first place- THey are the true villains here- not the schools
WHS Honors August 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Just this past year Facebook was littered with pictures of underage WHS students consuming alcohol at weekind "partays" and in wooded areas around town.. A 9th grader playing on the girls varsity basketball team was featured in many of the onlne pics holding Keystone Light beer. I thought team members signed agreements not to engage in such drinking behavior. Cops got called to a house under construction because a neighbor heard people inside. When the cops arrived they found teens inside and open containers of alcohol. When parents condone this behavior by looking the other way or insisting its ok to drink as long as it's in their own home, society will be welcoming a whole new batch of budding alcoholics.
JERSEY GIRL August 03, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I couldnt have said it better.
Lenny Train August 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Parents need to take responsibility for parenting. That's what the article should have been about.
Deb Smith August 17, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The school can deny a graduate from walking in the graduation ceremony if they see a picture of them with alcohol on facebook though? OK... that is off school property! none of their business!

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