Sheriff’s Statement on Teen Drinking

By Sheriff Norman Chaffins

Past news releases sent by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office have mentioned that alcohol is the number one killer of our youth. It kills more teenagers than meth, prescription drugs, heroine, and others combined!

It has recently been brought to our attention that we nearly lost another young person from a night of “binge drinking”. That alcohol was obviously provided by an adult. We at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind our citizens that providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is a Class A misdemeanor (punishable up to 12 months in jail and a hefty fine) and in some cases a Class D felony (1-5 years in the penitentiary).

Additionally, hosting a party where underage drinking is occurring is also against the law and the home or property owner could be held accountable and prosecuted if caught. The old “I would rather them drink at home than somewhere else” attitude is NOT working because our youth are still being hurt and we are seeing an alarming trend of binge drinking among our youth. Staff at this office recently viewed photos on social media which showed 30 and 40 something year old women “partying” with 18 and 19 year old boys. It just so happened that some of the people in those photos were the same names given to this office as the ones that were providing alcohol to our youth. That investigation is ongoing and charges may be forthcoming as both the adults and minors will be held accountable.

In an effort to reduce the number of visits to ER and deaths associated with underage drinking, I have instructed my deputies to thoroughly investigate all incidents of underage drinking to determine where they obtained the alcohol. That information will be provided to the county attorney for potential prosecution.

Additionally, most of our youth have my personal cell phone number and if they do not, they may call the office and I will give it to them. We want all parents, grandparents, and guardians to know that our number one priority here at the GCSO is your child’s safety.

If your child is somewhere they should not be or they have been drinking and their only way home is with another person who has been drinking, call (270) 259-3024 and someone will bring them home safely. If you have any information on adults providing alcohol or endangering our youth you may call the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office at the listed number. You may remain anonymous.

By Sheriff Norman Chaffins

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