Ceres May Go After Parents Who Give A...

Ceres May Go After Parents Who Give Alcohol to Kids

There are 7 comments on the News10 Sacramento story from May 30, 2007, titled Ceres May Go After Parents Who Give Alcohol to Kids. In it, News10 Sacramento reports that:

Written by Elizabeth Bishop , Senior Internet News Producer Ceres is the latest town to consider an ordinance that would fine parents who host parties where minors are drinking.

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Amanda Carleton

West Sacramento, CA

#1 May 30, 2007
I am only 21, and remember this sort of thing, Parents provided kegs and a safe house to get wasted in, I would rink, and then drive drunk.. little did they know that teens were getting drunk and then getting into cars, and either killing others, or themselves, at a mere 18 years of age. A "fine" is a mere slap on the hand. Lock these parents/illegal enablers up. Im sick of the half ass approach to solve problems. Why does society need more teens to get in dui accidents taking more lives to see that this stuff is not a game. I guess all i can say, is Kudos for actually noticing and attempting to control it. pathetic.

Sacramento, CA

#2 May 30, 2007
sounds like a great idea to me!

Cedar Ridge, CA

#3 May 30, 2007
Parents should be held accountable for their childs actions in the event that their children throw a party that requires police intervention. However, having been raised by parents who allowed moderate drinking in the house under their supervision during my senior year of high school, I can attest that their open attitude toward alcohol prevented my friends and I from drinking irresponsibly and possibly driving, dissolved the mystique of doing something "wrong", and when I moved off to college, I was not one of the many students who felt the need to binge drink at frat parties and even drink to the point of alcohol poisoning. Because of my parents guidance, I have always had a healthy attitude toward alcohol and never abused a social drinking experience. Also important was my mothers open invitation to call her at any time without consequence to pick me up from anywhere, no questions asked, because of this understanding and lenient condition, I never was irresponsible enough to need to use her offer. Of course their are limits to a parents lax attitude toward drinking, however not all parents are lacking method to their madness, so to speak.

Cedar Ridge, CA

#4 May 30, 2007
I forgot to mention that a condition of being able to drink in the house was having to sleep over, this is part of instilling a responsible drinking ethic, and i commend my parents for understanding how to harbor safe attitudes toward drinking and prevent the inevitable trouble-making that is characteristic of high school students.

Stockton, CA

#5 May 30, 2007
When I was in high school back in the 80's there were plenty of parents who provided the alcohol for parties. The parents wanted to be cool and they said the kids are going to drink anyway so it might as well be at home. I remember one graduation party where kids were passed out on the front lawn and no one was concerned and they thought it was funny. So now you have those "kids" doing the same thing for their children. A lot of parents out here seem to think that drinking is a rite of passage and see nothing wrong with it. Just ask the Escalon police department.

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#6 May 30, 2007
I am outraged that this type of behavior is dealt with such lienancy. Parents who provide alcohol to underage children - and I repeat CHILDREN should be jailed, fined as well as have to attend mandated parenting classes. If I have to be held accountable for my underage child and his/her actions then these so called adults should be held accountable for contributing to the deliquency of my minor. I am appalled that these parents feel they have the right to provide children (other than their own) alcohol. With the alarming number of underage alcoholics and the ourtageous number of adult alcoholics, you would think that these parents would think twice about what they are doing.

I feel that a simple fine for violating another parents morales, ethics and values is insane - oh, but I forgot this nation has forgotten all about morales, ethics and values until somone gets hurt and then they spend more time pointing fingers at somone else than they do reflecting about their own actions.

Sometimes I feel like I am a mutant parent because I choose "PARENT" my children - because I choose to educate them on the reasons not to induldge instead of giving into them ( not to mention breaking the law).

I ask those parents and the lawmakers, why is it that if a minor is caught drinking underage, they loose their license, but an adult that provides that underage minor with alcohol just gets a $500.00 fine?

Manteca, CA

#8 May 30, 2007

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