Friday, March 31, 2006

i wasn't going to post anything on this story

the story of the farmington teenagers drinking at the home of dawn and paul bracone. however, i had NO idea the parents of some of the kids at the party were stonewalling the police. what a bunch of asswipes. if it were MY parents they would make me take my lumps. if i DID it, I'D HAVE TO OWN UP TO IT. they taught me not only manners but they TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE AN HONORABLE PERSON. because one is rich (devonwood has homes that are BEYOND HUGE) doesn't make one above the law. (i was NO angel when i was younger [well i'm still not come to think of it] but as i said, i was and am honorable. i drank well before the legal age and i did OTHER things too that perhaps i shouldn't have done. if i effed up, i OWNED up-and i still do)

here is a column from rick green in today's courant

Parents Go Silent On Tipsy Kids
Rick Green
March 31 2006
When he first heard about the now infamous high school beer blast in the ritzy Devonwood subdivision - with boozy photos of teenagers posted on the Internet - Farmington Police Chief James V. Rio figured he had a slam dunk.Here was a chance for the whole community, and not just the cops, to send a clear message that parents have no business hosting parties serving liquor to minors, especially young people who aren't their children.Not so fast, chief.It seems preventing the next drunken tragedy might not be as important as some privileged parents' desire to keep their kids' records spotless.During the weeks after the Devonwood debacle, when police started contacting parents of students identified as party-goers at the home of Paul and Dawn Bracone on Jan. 13, they were stonewalled.Silence, in a town still grieving over its last teenage drunken-driving fatality two years ago."Three or four weeks into this, my guys are striking out. We are getting the runaround," Rio said. "I'm like, what's going on? This shouldn't be."No, it shouldn't, particularly since Farmington FOCUS, a coalition of community leaders and parents, has been working to promote more discussion about teenagers and alcohol."Kids are not naive," Farmington Superintendent of Schools Robert Villanova told me. "The danger is that kids get the message that even bad choices can be fixed by influential and assertive parents."Despite the obstacles, Farmington police pushed to investigate a weeks-old beer party, one where nobody ended up dead because they drank too much and tried to drive."Some of the people [we] really thought would come forward, didn't," Rio said. One parent even told police that "my kid isn't going to talk unless you give him immunity."Some parents "are teaching their kids the wrong message. It is not supporting any of the efforts in town to reduce this," Rio said. "They feel as long as they've emphasized safe rides and don't overdo it, to use moderation and `call me if you get too drunk' - they feel comfortable with that."Rio doesn't. In a town full of influential and assertive parents, he's pushing back........

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