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No School Penalties for Drinking Party Juveniles

More than a dozen Barrington High School students charged after a raucous drinking party face no school penalties because police cannot release their names.

It has been school as usual for the Barrington juveniles arrested for an underage drinking party on Jan. 20 at a vacant Elm Lane home.

The dozen or so juveniles suffered no sanctions from the high school because the police cannot release their names to school officials, according to the Providence Journal.

The students continued with their usual school sports and extracurricular activities even though the student activities handbook says: “If a student attends a party where alcohol or drugs are being illegally dispensed, the student must leave the party immediately.”

Violating the alcohol and drugs policy means a suspension for a first offense for 15 calendar days and the next major event; a second offense means suspension for a whole year, according to the handbook.

The students were charged in Family Court with vandalism, trespassing, and alcohol possession. But their names were sealed under state law. So they could not be penalized by the school.

Other sources said that several members of one team that competed in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League playoffs over the past couple of months attended the Elm Lane party.

Barrington Police Chief John M. LaCross said in the Journal story that if the police were allowed to share with the School Department the names of juvenile suspects, "I'm sure students in the future would think twice about some of the choices they make."

Elizabeth Welshman March 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I did not properly phrase my previous post. What I meant to write was this: I encourage the parents of the students who were charged, as well as of those students who were in attendance at the party and not formally charged, to have their sons and daughters identify themselves privately to BHS officials, and to accept the consequences of their actions.
Sean Connor March 17, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I am outraged that this breaking and entering, home invasion, stealing and vandalism is still being called a party. I know the name of one of the sixteen year olds. Her older sister confirmed her idenity when I knocked on the father's door to discuss the matter. Furthermore, most of our children in the high school know the names of many of the other students who were in the house. I remind our community that truth is an absolute defense to a charge of either libel, slander or both. No one should be afraid to tell the truth. I encourage any adult who knows the truth to also come forward. As for the school, I believe the the honorable course is to forfeit the ice hockey championship. Perhaps the loss of one championship may deter some illegal activity in the future. Sean Connor seanconnor@cox.net
Elizabeth Welshman March 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Both student-athlete parents and the student-athletes sign an Acknowledgement at the start of their athletic season that they "have read and understand the rules set forth in the "Handbook for Student Athletes." While the Handbook explicitly sets forth the consequences for behavior, the laws protecting the identity of minors tie the school officials' hands. As both a parent of a BHS student-athlete, and a volunteer for several sports programs in which our town's youth participate, I urge the parents of any student-athletes who were involved in this incident, and the student-athletes themselves, to take the high road, show integrity and personal responsibility, and come forward to the BHS officials.
Jack Baillargeron March 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I agree with "Sean Connor", I find it hard to believe, this is still refered to as a party, it was a crime of breaking and entering and vandalism plain and simple. All you have to do is read the letter from the owner of the home. The Kilmarx family of 56 Elm Lane writes a letter to the editor on the Jan. 20 break-in, underage drinking party and vandalism that caused '$19,000 damage'. Would you think it was merely a party, if it was your home? Just wondering.
Kim Faucher March 17, 2012 at 09:34 PM
That is what concerns me the most.....the police have donetheir part....now its the parents turn....I agree with Elizabeth on this... I hope they fess up to the school officials since a violation of that policy was also abused. Privately or publicly doesn't matter as long as the do the right thing and accept the consequences of their actions

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