High school graduation parties no place for alcohol, says parent

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by Karen Hopkins

WVEC.com

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 20 at 2:42 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Thousands of students across Hampton Roads are celebrating a milestone this weekend.

High school graduation is here and with it come graduation parties.

Student Madison Parmeter says many teens will say "cheers" with an alcoholic beverages.

"Everyone will. Parents are normally OK with it on occasions like this. A lot of parents think kids are smart and won't drink and drive," said Parmeter.

If the fun gets out of hand, students and parents can face serious consequences.

Adults caught giving beer or cocktails to students could see up to a $1,000 fine and even jail time.

"They should be more than just fined. They set a terrible example. The kids are more likely to have car accidents, to damage property," parent Martha Baity says.

Cox High School sponsored a lock down party at Jillian's in Chesapeake to keep students safe. 

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