I-Team: Underage Drinking Party Investigation

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) “Disciplinary Action” is the least of their worries..
     Tonight.. dozens of high school students from Columbia County are facing *criminal charges” after what police call an “out of control” party.
     Police say the underage party was held at the home of a teacher from the Southern Columbia School District. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the details.,


Police say the underage party involved anywhere from 30 to 40 students from the Southern Columbia School District. It took place late Saturday into early Sunday morning at the home of a teacher which is only about two miles away from the high school.

Investigators say a neighbor called 9-1-1 after  hearing and seeing all of the commotion. When officers arrived some of the students ran away, only to be eventually tracked down

Thus far 17 have been cited for underage drinking and face hefty fines–they could  also lose their driver’s license. They are also facing disciplinary actions from school officials…

 
The students have been banned from extracurricular activities at the high school,such as sports or clubs.That ban will last 20 days..but since the underage party took place off school ground..they will not face suspension.. The teacher will not face any discipline since he was not aware that his son had thrown the booze party.


“The students involved in this incident made a  mistake and they have clearly demonstrated they understand their actions were wrong.” Said Paul Caputo, the Superintendent of Southern Columbia School District,

Word of the party has people in this small community talking..

 
“You do learn but not normally until you are older. We all look back on it and the mind set the are in now that everybody’s invincible at this point you know?” said Mike Andress, of Catawissa.


 
“I’m very surprised with what’s going on anymore. It’s awful.” added Jim Yoncuski, of Bloomsburg.

The investigation is ongoing. The Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach told the I-Team they are still looking into who provided the alcohol for the party. They also say there was some marijuana at the party so some students could face drug charges

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