Two Connecticut teens who used the age old excuse of parental units being out of town to throw a party — or a few — got a harsh lesson when mom and dad came home early… and called the cops.
According to Agent James Kennedy of the Glastonbury Police in Connecticut, the situation was basically as it appeared. Two teen girls, 15 and 16, had the house to themselves and used the supervision-free time to host a party of about twenty other teens.
Pretty typical teen stuff, right? Wrong, in 2013 at least. When the girls’ parents returned early after a weekend away, they appear to have happened upon a party in progress.
According to the Hartford Courant, the arrival of unexpected parents threw the party in progress into chaos. Some kids tried to make a run for it, and others were caught red solo cup handed.
The paper reports:
“The girls hosted parties at the Neipsic Road house on Oct. 11 and 12, Kennedy said, attended by 15 to 20 people each night. Their parents were due to return on Monday, and the girls “tried to get another one going” on Sunday night, he said… Then their parents arrived.”
Kennedy said the hard line taking parents then called the cops on their own daughters, which Kennedy calls “the right thing to do.”
Whether or not it’s right, it certainly seems to create an expensive and a weighty consequence. WSFB reports that the two girls were arrested and “charged with permitting a minor to possess alcohol,” adding that “[a]nyone with information about the party is asked to call Glastonbury police.”
The Courant‘s comment section is a veritable craft fair of sanctimony, with commenters taking to task the girls (for being “disrespectful” and “rugrats”), the parents, for leaving the 15 and 16-year-old girls unsupervised completely and then passing the consequences off on police, and the other commenters, for commenting when they could be doing other things.
Some of the more colorful remarks read:
“Yes narc on your kids, it builds trust, seriously. Getting the police involved is a great idea. You people are insane.”
“Leaving teens alone-not a good idea. However, holding them accountable for their behavior-absolutely the right thing to do. And that includes calling the police.”
“Kudos to the parents, its called tough love. I bet next time their kids will think twice. I would do the same if my now teens tried that crap.”
One of the more interesting factors is the area and status of the family, presumably. Would such means of “tough love” be available to a single parent, or is there more a risk Child Protective Services would intervene? Could a low-income parent bear the costs of this sort of “tough love” given the likely need for a lawyer? Would a less privileged child risk losing the chance to go to college, for instance? Is this whole story really about class and privilege?
What do you think of the parents who called the cops on their own kids for hosting a drinking party? Who was being more irresponsible here, the kids or the parents?