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Summit Court House Party Investigation Ongoing

Residents reported 150 uninvited guests were in attendance.

The Westfield Police Department continues to investigate what has been reported as a case of criminal mischief stemming from a house party that took place on Saturday, Sept. 22 on Summit Court. 

Westfield Police Capt. Scott Rodger said police were in the area of the under-100 block of Summit Court on another matter when they became aware of the situation.

When asked to confirm reports that most attendees were Westfield High School students who, through social media, learned about the party, which took place while parents were not at home, Rodger said he could not confirm those details, but said police found "numerous beer cans and debris around the patio of the home."

He added that the homeowners reported roughly 150 uninvited guests turned up at their residence and have filed a report citing "extensive damage to the home," including "two broken screens, a broken bathroom window, a broken shower diverter, a broken firepit, a broken wine rack and a broken scale." Rodger said the residents are still compiling the list of items that have been damaged. No arrests have been made at this time, he said, nor have any juveniles been taken into custody.

When asked to comment on the investigation and suggestions that student athletes may have been involved, Westfield school superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said, "We always work cooperatively with the Westfield Police Department. We were told that the police were called to investigate a party that took place on a weekend. Our understanding is that this matter is still under police investigation."

According to WHS's discipline policy, any athlete using alcohol, tobacco, smokeless tobacco, or illegal substances such as drugs or steroids will be subject to the following disciplinary action(s):

First Offense: Suspension from all athletic participation for fourteen (14) calendar days from day of suspension. This includes practices and contests.

All Subsequent Offenses: Suspension from all athletic participation for sixty (60) calendar days excluding days from June 15th through August 15th.

The above regulations will be placed on the eligibility form requiring parent and/or guardian signatures. Notification of suspension by the coach will go in writing to the athletic director, head coach, athletic trainer, Guidance Department, Health Services Department, and parents. A record of all suspensions will be kept in the athletic director’s office.

"I can assure you that we work with students on drug and alcohol abuse from an early age and monitor their behavior in school and at school sponsored events," Dolan continued. "We hold sessions for students and parents on the dangers of substance abuse, and we hold our students responsible by requiring them to sign a Code of Conduct. Westfield High School’s administration, the WHS student group called The Dream Team, the WHS PTSO, and Municipal Alliance are working together again to plan an event in February to coordinate all our efforts to prevent substance abuse and to encourage the community to support these efforts." 

Westfield police ask that anyone with additional information contact Detective Gregory Hobson at 908-789-6085.

Wally Westfield October 23, 2012 at 10:34 PM
guess all the cops were napping when the neighbors called in the disturbance
Time For Change October 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
how about holding the parents accountable for the fact that there was alcohol in their home with minors present. For sure, the kids that caused the damage should be punished, but so should the parents who did not have the controls that should have been in place to make sure their child did not serve alcohol to minors!
Respectful October 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Problem is the kids in this town know mommy and daddy will get them out of whatever trouble they get in. They have no respect for people's property. You are missing the point, what gave them the right to destroy this family's home. What if someone did this to your home, I am sure you would be singing a different tune.
Phony Baloney October 24, 2012 at 01:38 AM
The daughter that invited people back to the house while her parents were out of town should be held accountable. I question what kind of parents they are that their daughter thought she could throw a party while the parents were not home. Westfield should follow the actions of Cranford after a Labor Day weekend party resulted in underage drinking. Student athletes resigned from the teams they were participating on because they had violated the schools substance abuse policy.
August West October 24, 2012 at 02:09 AM
If my kid threw a party while I was away then my kid would be responsible for the damages. They know it, you know it: teenagers + alcohol - parents present results in destructive behavior. It isn't only mommy and daddy getting them out of trouble: they just don't consider the consequences of their behavior, especially when drinking. Not just in this town; its everywhere, always has been. It is the way the adolescent brain works.
Wally Westfield October 24, 2012 at 02:52 PM
unfortunately for this family, some of Westflelds "cool, precious, entiltled" little darlings "crashed" this girls party and decided it would be "neat" to vandalize the house. This is nothing new for "in" crowd to do in this town for over 50 years. Just look at what the town council is doing just around the corner on Central Avenue. They thought nothing of cow towing to a "friend" of the now judge and basically taking a "big dump" on a defenseless neighbor.
NJD October 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I believe the daughter had no idea what she had gotten herself into. If your parents leave town for a few days and you are a teenage kid who decides to have a party, shame on you, bad decision. But does that give a bunch of other malicious teens the right to destroy someone's home? These kids trashed these people's home and destroyed personal things that can never be replaced. Is this a party that just got out of control? No. These are teens that set out with a plan to destroy someone's home. And their parents are sheltering them and defending their actions. Are there any repercussions to the student athletes? Not so far. It's disgusting that those actions are defended. What are we teaching these kids? Where is the personal responsibility? Where are the consequences? The only child that suffered any consequences for their actions is the daughter. Had my daughter been involved in this debacle, we would have made restitution for damages, apologized to the family, and been grounded for a long, long time.
margaret w October 24, 2012 at 05:30 PM
What does the athletic director have to say to these athletes? Will they keep their letters?
Wally Westfield October 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM
what do their parents say to these kids is the better question?
Book Em' Dano October 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I'm waiting to see what cops say by way of a criminal complaint against the hoodlums. By now they should know who the culprits are and charges should be filed. Maybe if the cops were more aggressive in charging these kids with underage drinking instead of turning a blind eye so they don't get stuck doing reports all night, this type of behavior would change. When a cop shows up to a party at a house and empty beer cans are found and beer in red solo cups litter a table and a parent claims ownership of the beer to keep junior and his/her friends out of the police blotter, HOUSTON, we have a problem.
mapbar October 24, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Why the parents, they were not home? Should hold the parents of those kids that show up without been invited. It`s so disrespectful how kids behave in our society this days.
john johnington October 25, 2012 at 03:29 AM
it was dumper
john johnington October 25, 2012 at 03:30 AM
No. They are just assholes who think they are being funny. They need a wake up call of either a) Getting their ass kicked by a homeowner b) Getting arrested
A.John Blake October 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Since the matter was discussed by the actors on Youtube and Facebook along with the usual photos it would seem that the identity of at least some of the people present is well known to the school.While Dr.Dolan may organize events to teach the problems of substance abuse, she certainly avoids teaching the children what happens when you violate the "oath" you sign.. Dr. Dolan indicates that the school monitors conduct in the school but the "Code of Conduct" goes to conduct outside of school. Dr.Dolan is quick to mention that the matter is still under police investigation but says nothing about the totally separate matter of the investigation by the school into the violations of the Code of Conduct by the children on YouTube and Facebook drinking and trashing a home. How can the school teach the children to follow a "Code of Conduct" when there are videos of violations and nothing is done? A.John Blake
Gary McCready October 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM
The sad part is that no one thinks they "really" need to do anything about this. For the police, it is just another party. For the parents of the kids that showed up, of course their kids were not the bad ones, so just tell you kids to leave ASAP before the cops show up, if they every do. The neighbors think it is not of their business. The Town Council, who stopped funding a "DARE" officer just must think this is/has been the normal. The schools lecture in the classroom, but anything outside the classroom is difficult to enforce in a town full of lawyers. And the rest of us don't want to take a stand as anyone can google the address of the next house that will be a "project-x " target (that is what they party crashers called it). Yeah, it is becoming not just a Westfield trend, but nationwide. So, who really cares enough?
Westfield_Eric October 25, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Some commenters are missing a crucial point in all of this. The party was supposed to be a small affair that got hijacked by people she didn't invite who were trying to copy Project X. Was she wrong? Yes. But it is about more than underage drinking when the parents are out of town. This is about party crashing on a scale that amounts to criminal trespass. Facebook and other social media sites enable this kind of moblike mentality and the issue is how do communities deal with the reprecussions of that. Apparently the girl's sister heard about the party from a friend in Boston who saw it on Facebook. There is a hard lesson here for all....but those who vandalized the house should have to take their medicine.
Frank Caliendo October 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
If you honestly think that this is what happened then you are ignorant of the facts. No one goes to a party with the intention of destroying the house. You want to ignore the fact that the daughter sent out mass texts inviting people to her "open house party," as if begging for something bad to happen. I agree that it got out of hand, but give blame where it is do.
Frank Caliendo October 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Do you honestly believe everything you read? The daughter sent out mass texts inviting people to her open house party. This has nothing to do with how facebook and twitter are enabling these massive parties, this is about how a girl is lying to try and protect her own interests.
Wally Westfield October 25, 2012 at 09:38 PM
because she sent out texts, that gives people the right to vandalize?
Law October 25, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Frank I think you are missing the point. A house party does not give anyone the right to trash property of another. Those responsible should be arrested.
A.John Blake October 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Sir, Let's not be so fast to dump on the cops. Up until they have a complaint signed by the owner, they can't do much. If the school would cooperate and push the code of conduct oaths, the police might have a lever. If the police had every kid on video into the station for a talk, they would have to have a parent waive the child's rights. The school wants no part of this scandal so it will not give the police the help they need. If the parents thought their child would be barred from an extra-curricular activity by the school, you can bet they would help the police. The problem of making the responsible children responsible is in the hands of the parents and the school. A.JohnBlake
Mike October 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Gary, DARE was disbanded because it was proven to actually increase drug and alcohol use. The program was composed of lies and facts that were exaggerated to scare kids into not doing drugs or drinking and once they grew up they realized that some of the things they said weren't true so anything the program taught them lost it's credibility and the kids did more drugs and drank more.
Mike October 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Frank, take it from someone who graduated recently, what happened at this party is exactly the reason why no high school student in their right mind would ever send a mass text out and invite anyone who pleases to come to their house. That's not how HS parties work. Having that amount of people at a party is only in the interest of the party goers and never the host. People got wind of the party and crashed it, inviting more people because it was a huge party.
PATTY October 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM
If the "hostess" was in such distress about her so called uninvited guests, why didn't she call a parent, cops or a friend????? Also, hope the athletic director is looking to kick this "hostess" off her team. She would have signed that code of conduct herself!
Watchful Westfield Mom October 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Who are we helping by doing nothing and ignoring these type of parties? Certainly not the kids that attended the party. Making bad choices is a part of growing up but if there is never a negative consequence for a bad decision, when, if ever, will these kids/almost adults(!) ever learn? What type of young adults are we putting out into society? The parents of those that attended this party, regardless of whether they were on the invite list or not, should be holding their own children accountable for their actions. This is what GOOD parenting is supposed to be about. It's not easy but so necessary to teach our kids that all of our actions good or bad have consequences. Can't believe that this is being done as I know of at least two parties AFTER this one that kids tried to do the same type thing. Wake up, parents, and take a look at what kind of child you are soon sending off to college where the stakes are higher and you will not be there to bail them out. Having a criminal record as an adult is a serious thing that is not easily erased. Also, my last comment is don't judge the parents of the girl that threw the party as I believe they are the ONLY ones holding their daughter accountable and doing the right thing by their child.
Coach October 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Who said the hostess had a party with alcohol. Having a party is not against the code of conduct agreement. Using drugs and alcohol is.
Coach October 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Who said the hostess had a party with alcohol. Having a party is not against the code of conduct agreement. Using drugs and alcohol is.
NJD October 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
@Frank, I don't know why you are so eager to blame this on the daughter but I know this family and this kid did NOT plan a huge party. There are a group of kids who planned this as a "project x" before they even came to the party. You don't know what you are talking about. Like I said before, the daughter is far from innocent in this. She lied to her parents and deceived them. She is paying the price for it now. But she is not responsible for these kids destroying her family's house. And the reason she didn't call the police is because as the situation got more and more out of hand, she was terrified about the amount of trouble she was in. She was clearly in over her head. In all of this, I just can't believe that these kids are able to hide behind their parents. I think Watchful Westfield Mom is dead on in her assessment of the parents responses and the results that will incur.
Mike October 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
She's afraid of the implications. If she calls her parents shes in big trouble. If she calls the police she could be in even bigger trouble. Calling a friend isn't going to do anything. There's also the social implications. If she calls the police on a party (even if its hers) and kids get in trouble she could be committing social suicide. Believe me...I know it's logical to call her parents/the police but you need to put yourself in the mindset of the girl and not a responsible fully matured adult.
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