Do you remember going to a friend’s house for a party in high school? Odds are, if you went to parties in secondary school, they were at someone’s house. The Judd Apatow movie “Super Bad” was essentially about just such a party. If you are a little bit older, you might remember the movie starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca DeMornay entitled “Risky Business.”
Both movies were about high school parties. Another trait they had in common – they happened when the parents were not home!
What kind of parent is home while their children host an alcohol-laden party? Not a good one – I assure you. As we have discussed in other blogs, middle class families in civilized countries all over the world are not only allowing their children to drink alcohol, but purchasing it for them.
This was taken to a whole new level recently in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Police officers who broke up a party at which 50-60 teens were drinking found the mother of the party’s host hiding in an upstairs closet.
Lori Underwood, 47, was issued an infraction for failing to halt possession of alcohol by a minor after she was discovered when police searched the premises of her home. Her daughter, Avery Underwood, 19, was charged with delivery of alcohol to minors and second-degree forgery for possession of a fake ID.
The incident took place on Aug. 22 when police responded to a noise complaint that came in just after 11 p.m. As officers approached the area, they observed several young people walking on the road.
When police arrived they observed several young males and females trying to get into vehicles and running from the property. There were numerous cans and bottles of beer on the lawn, on the driveway and in the back yard.
Avery Underwood told police all of the guests were underage. Police got the names of nine of the guests. All were 19 years old.
Police found the mother when they had decided to search every room in an effort not to leave any child behind! They wanted to make sure no one was passed out or in danger somewhere in the house.
Avery Underwood told her mother to hide because she “didn’t want her to get in trouble.”
Police confiscated approximately 30 beers, rum, wine and 85 empty beer cans and bottles.
Avery Underwood posted $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 6. Delivery of alcohol to a minor is a Class D felony.
What a cluster fart that could have been avoided had a mother had the sense to be a parent! She certainly needs a Connecticut alcohol awareness class and probably her guests need Connecticut MIP classes.