Police Urge Parents to Discuss Underage Drinking
It's that time of year where area high school students put on their finest tuxedos and evening gowns. Although prom is supposed to be a night filled with dancing, experts say now is the perfect time to talk to your kids about underage drinking.
"We always worry, I think, as parents," Tami Richmond, a mother of three, said. "So I think it's always in the back of your mind. Even as much as you trust your children, you don't always know what's out there."
Parents not only have to worry about getting their children the right tux, the right dress, and the right corsage, but they also have to worry about their children's decisions. Talking to them about not drinking alcohol is just one decision Tami Richmond hopes her son makes.|
"We just kind of make it in dinner conversation or at the breakfast table or something that as we are starting our day: 'Hey by the way,' 'Have you thought about,' or 'What do you think of,' and let them give you some feedback as well," Richmond said.
The Springfield Police Department said they too will be monitoring the students, using extra patrols on duty and keeping their eyes pealed for any underage drinking.
"We're looking out for the parties, we're looking for the impaired driving, and it will be just like any other holiday weekend," Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said. "If you're going to be driving drunk, we're going to be looking for you. Us, the county, the state, everybody is going to be out."
Police officials said the best way for students to have a safe prom is to attend the after prom parties held by the school and parent volunteers.
"As a parents, I think we just want to know that our kids are going from one place to another and they are staying someplace that is secure, safe, and allowing them to have some fun to hang out together without a lot of pressure to drink or do anything else that's inappropriate," Richmond said.
Southeast High School's prom will be held this Saturday, and the after prom party will be held at Lake Town Lanes from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Students can go bowling, win a few door prizes, and eat after prom snacks with their friends.
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