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WHS PTSO to Discuss Liabilities of Hosting Teen Parties

Awareness meeting/panel discussion for all parents regarding hosting parties

The following information is available on the Westfield School District's website. 

Have you heard of the movie “Project X”?  Are you thinking “Not in Westfield! Not at my house! Not my teenager!”  Think again.  It can happen in our neighborhoods and does.

The WHS PTSO invites all Westfield parents to participate in a special community event on Wednesday, February 27, at 7:30 pm in the Westfield High School Cafeteria B.

Why? :  To make parents aware of the responsibilities, potential consequences and liabilities when knowingly/unknowingly hosting parties with alcohol/drugs on their property.

How: Short presentation with discussion to follow. Panelists ** include: Principal Peter Renwick, Athletic Director Sandy Mamary, Coordinator of Counseling K-12 Maureen Mazzarese, Prosecutor Tony Prieto, Police Chief David Wayman and Lt. John Ricerca (Westfield Police Dept.) and Daniel Sloan, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer.  (** subject to change)

The PTSO cannot advise for or against hosting parties. As a community service, the PTSO is hosting this event to make information available as to the responsibilities, liabilities or consequences of parties within the home.  

Gary McCready February 27, 2013 at 07:07 PM
See more on Patch: http://westfield.patch.com/articles/summit-court-house-party-investigation-ongoing Especially some of the comments!
WHS PTSO February 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Thank you to our panelists and community members who came to hear our talk. The power point presentation as well as the evening notes are available on the PTSO page of Westfield High School. Thank you to the Westfield Police Chief David Wayman and Lt. John Ricerca for speaking about the process of what can happen if an underage person is caught drinking, and the potential consequences to the minor and parent. Their presence validated the commitment of the Police department to educating and working with the community. Thank you to Tony Prieto, Westfield Town Prosecutor and Criminal Defense attorney Daniel Sloan, who spoke about the potential consequences and liabilities of social hosting, including civil liability. Their extensive knowledge of the law and potential liabilities was enlightening. Thank you to Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick, Athletic Director Sandy Mamary and Coordinator of Counseling, K-12 Maureen Mazzarese for their insight into how parents can work with the school as well as their surrounding community which rounded out the evening’s discussion. The WHS PTSO Board

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