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Parents Furnishing Alcohol

Captian Roger Short, of the Randall County Sheriff's Office said, "The better weather typically brings more of the drinkers outside, were we are more apt to catch them" Captian Roger Short, of the Randall County Sheriff's Office said, "The better weather typically brings more of the drinkers outside, were we are more apt to catch them"
"If a parent is found furnishing alcohol to a minor, not their child, its a class a misdemeanor punishable by $4,000 fine and or a year in jail," according to Short. "If a parent is found furnishing alcohol to a minor, not their child, its a class a misdemeanor punishable by $4,000 fine and or a year in jail," according to Short.

It's becoming a lot easier for minors to get their hands on alcohol...

Because police tell us more and more parents are supplying their kids with alcohol.

Randall County Sheriff's deputies say they see parents stocking up on beer for their teens on a weekly basis.

While its illegal to give alcohol to a minor who is not your child, some parents say they'd rather have their kids drinking at home, where they can protect them.

"I wish they wouldn't, but like I say if they are going to perhaps in a controlled environment they wouldn't be as likely to sneak off and it would take the element of curiosity out of it."

That parent who didn't want to be identified, threw a teen drinking party for her teen.

"At one time we did try to do an organized type party, where the kids did put their keys in a bucket and nobody could leave if they had been drinking or anything, but I, the experience, even though it wasn't horrible, I don't think I would do it again."

Police say they see more parents contributing to underage drinking during the months when kids are out of school.

Captian Roger Short, of the Randall County Sheriff's Office said, "The better weather typically brings more of the drinkers outside, were we are more apt to catch them"

Short says parents need to be aware of where their kids are going and who with, because you may not know when another parent is giving your teen alcohol, "It occurs, it happens, and its dangerous."

There is a hefty price tag that comes with some parents efforts to be a cool parent. "If a parent is found furnishing alcohol to a minor, not their child, its a class a misdemeanor punishable by $4,000 fine and or a year in jail," according to Short.

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