Tell Us: Blame Parents for Teen Drinking?

The principal of a Lehigh Valley high school writes a letter to parents beseeching them to stop supplying alcohol and party space to teens before tragedy strikes.

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In this week’s Moms Talk, we’re exploring Teen Alcohol Abuse:

Underage drinking and who’s to blame became a hot topic in the Lehigh Valley this week, when the principal of Freedom High School in Bethlehem wrote a letter to parents in his school’s PTO newsletter, imploring them to stop buying alcohol for Freedom students and to stop providing the kids party locations where they can drink booze. He said that he needed to reach out to parents on this issue before a horrible tragedy strikes.

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Janet Persing February 08, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Are you kidding?
Anonymous February 08, 2013 at 12:22 PM
THANKYOU Mr. Laporta ! You did a great thing. Parents need to stop thinking that as long as they are in the house they are ok. I remember in 1983 being at a parent supervised drinking party years ago for the drama club after our last high school performance. A girl drank so much that she got alcohol poisoning and they had to call the emergency squad. So much for parent supervised. You are stupid to give students alcohol while they are underage. And seriously...they need all the brain cells they were born with. REALLY.
college student February 08, 2013 at 04:55 PM
i graduated in 2009 from parkland. and have been to more than my fair share of parties. obviously, teen drinking is illegal and shouldn't occus. however, blaming the parents won't stop it. kids have friends of friends supplying them with booze. and as for party sites, you can't tell parents not to go away for a weekend or just a friday night. drinking doesn't just happen at parties, it's at school events like prom and football games too.
mark wood February 08, 2013 at 05:23 PM
if the gun caused the death? its the gun that did it? alcohol caused the problem, not the teens!!!! not the parents, that your liberal logic , some are born to lead, some are born to be jerks, pick one, prince of schools. you can't pick an object to blame and change in mid-stream and blame a person, knucklehead liberals, ignorance is as ignorance does. live in yours.
Janet Persing February 08, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Why are you interjecting "gun" in this post? Has nothing to do with the thread. Are you on the wrong website?


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