Principal sends letter to parents warning about dangers of drinking parties

- After hearing about drinking parties that took place while parents were allegedly present, a local high school principal had enough.

Alan Goodwin, principal at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, sent a letter home to parents warning them about the dangers of hosting these types of parties.

Goodwin sent the direct and emotional plea to parents. "This must stop, he wrote in the letter. “The law says you can be fined a minimum of $2,500 / underage drinker if the drinker is at your residence and you are present. While the fine is steep, the stronger risk is that a teenager from your party will be injured or die either from excessive drinking or while in a car with a driver under the influence. Parents, find other ways to bond with your child. Please."

Goodwin spoke with FOX 5 Tuesday and said that while he understands that kids will drink, and adults will sometimes allow the, to have a glass of wine with dinner, drinking parties should be out of the question.

"The rationale that we usually hear is that parents want to keep their own child safe so they're hosting a drinking party. Well, you're not able to take care of all the other children then as they go home, and it just puts everybody in a really dangerous circumstance," he said.

Goodwin says find ways to help your kids keep safe, including an open policy with your students that allow them to call you if they have been drinking for a safe ride home.

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