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Marshfield students make plea to parents about underage drinking



With prom and graduation season are right around the corner, a Marshfield group is trying to make a plea to parents to help prevent underage drinking parties. It's part of a nationwide campaign.

A sea of red lined the street outside Marshfield High School Friday morning. Students linked arms to raise awareness for a campaign called Parents Who Host Lose the Most.

"We just want parents to be educated that if they're going to have youth in their home, if you allow them to drink, there's a lot of bad things that can happen," said Marshfield Director of Student Services Jesse Jackson.

Police say underage drinking is a problem in many communities, including in Marshfield.

"The last thing we want them to do is follow a trend where it leads to dangerous behavior and possible consequences," said Marshfield Police Department Lt. Rick Gramza.

The campaign's goal is to let parents know they could face a fine if they have a party at their home, if they provide alcohol to underage children.

"If you supply alcohol to a group of three or more minors in a party atmosphere, you could receive a $300 initial fine, and the fines build up to an excess of $10,000 if it happens excessively or continually," said Gramza.

School leaders say they educate students about the dangers of alcohol in the classroom, but police say help from parents is also needed to protect children.

"It's just a reminder that youth are very vulnerable and it's good to keep alcohol away from them to not encourage underage drinking," Gramza told Newsline 9.

The campaign is actually led by students themselves, and they say that seems to make it more effective.

"When the students show that they aren't drinking and that they don't want their parents to host, it kind of gives a good incentive for other kids not to drink," said Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth member Makayla Barth.

"It's nice when it's not just adults looking out for the kids, it's nice when the kids are looking out for each other," Gramza added.

Prom for Marshfield High School students is Saturday night. Newsline 9 talked to some of those students, and they say they're looking forward to having a fun and alcohol-free celebration. 


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