Cumberland County teen drinking party in church field draws police

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A Cumberland County pastor says he called the police after he discovered an underage drinking party going on behind his church on Friday night. Full Story

“Not fallen”

Since: May 08

WalMartBoro, PA

#1 Aug 19, 2010
I understand the Pastor's views and he seems like a reasonable guy. I don't condone underage drinking either. Fact is, most kids have done some drinking before age 21.
This reminds me of my days at Mont Alto. Even though I could have commuted, I was a resident in Mont Alto Hall for two years. I was a light social drinker on weekends and never knew what it was to get in a car, drink and drive (or as a passenger). There were two popular drinking sites way up in the woods and the MA guys had 'keggers'. There was a fire and benches all around to sit on. I don't have one bad memory of any night we all trudged up there. If we got too loud rolling back down to the dorm, Dean Benchoff would come out and yell at us to be quiet, get inside and go to bed.
Those were the days.
I always appreciated those times, life was now comparatively simple and we were kids that were safe in our socializing.
I didn't surf the net for statistics but between the ages of 18 and 21, many kids each year making one wrong move on the road while drinking and driving and it costs them their lives. And I'm not saying anybody any age has to drink. I'm not saying society owes underage drinkers a place to build a fire and get buzzed. I'm looking at reality and the differences, though.
The kids picked a real bad place to have their party. It says they took provisions for sleeping and food. Once they arrived, I'd bet there was little chance of at least 20 people that night that were going to be under the influence and not on the road.
...just sayin'.
HappyHour

Newville, PA

#2 Aug 19, 2010
You guys picked a bad spot. The mountains or a cabin are where you need to go, definitely NOT the corner of a church. Either way, go pick the trash up you left there.
Yup

Chambersburg, PA

#4 Aug 19, 2010
Just stupid. You all need to go and clean up after yourselves and next time be a little smarter and chose a place that is not on a church proptery
hello

Shippensburg, PA

#6 Aug 19, 2010
I understand that hosting a party near a church was a stupid idea and they should clean up what is left behind, but did the kids know it was actually church property. Is it posted in the woods that it is trespassing on church grounds? The pastor himself should have asked the kids to leave instead of just calling the police, if they didn't leave then i can understand the calling of the police and bringing them into the situation.
Thats_what_she_s aid

Jersey Shore, PA

#7 Aug 19, 2010
at the bonfire, out in the sticks
country backwoods, homegrown hicks
bonfire, dance a little jig,
hold up your cup and take another swig
won't sleep til dawn, party right down to the wire
at the bonfire...
... just taking the song literally???
the informer

Charleston, SC

#8 Aug 20, 2010
this story is totally exaggerated...and it just makes teenagers look like bad people in general which is not the case here. such a big deal was made out of nothing, just someone trying to make a bad name for kids when many adults of today have done the exact same things in their day. get over ittt!

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