Hey “cool” parents- police realize the pressure from your kids can sometimes be unbearable, but don’t give in when they come begging for you to buy their beer for the upcoming graduation parties. Police are cracking down on teens and parents, alike. You could end up with charges and a whopper of a fine.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves tells News Talk KZRG some parents, under the belief they are providing a safe environment for celebrations where minors are consuming alcohol, take it upon themselves to host graduation parties.
It’s important for parents to be aware of Kansas’ Social Hosting Law, which makes it a Class A Misdemeanor with a minimum $1,000.00 fine and the possibility of court ordered community service for those found guilty of providing or “permitting a person’s residence or any land, building, structure or room” in a manner that results in the possession or consumption of alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages by a minor.
“Unfortunately, environments where minors are consuming alcohol are not controlled, safe or legal. We are proud of those graduating this year and we want them to celebrate their accomplishment, but we want them to do it safely and legally, without them or their parents having to deal with the possibility of criminal charges or worse, spending the week after graduation attending the funeral of one of their classmates who becomes involved in a traffic crash after consuming alcohol.”