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After-prom party in Columbia County ends in 2 arrests, 23 citations

Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:07 PM
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A mother was sent to jail and 20 Lakeside High School students and three other minors were cited after Columbia County deputies broke up an after-prom party in Evans early Saturday morning, police said.

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Rachael Sheree Arrington

Around 1 a.m., deputies were called to the 3500 block of Greenway Drive in reference to a noise complaint, a sheriff’s report says.

When deputies arrived at the house, they saw several teenagers drinking in the driveway. The teens scattered, some running behind the house toward Furys Ferry Road, according to the report.

Deputies found the homeowner, Rachael Sheree Arrington, 42, who said her daughter was having a prom after-party with her friends.

The report says after some investigation, it became clear to police that Arrington had noticed the minors drinking alcohol and even admitted she took away several drinks but did nothing else to “further deter the minors from consuming alcoholic beverages or ending the party.”

There was also a sign on a board in the upstairs area that contained the rules: no alcohol downstairs, no loud music/noise outside and have fun, according to the report.

Arrington was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to delinquency/unruliness/deprivation of a minor and providing alcohol to any person under 21 years of age. She was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released at 10:45 a.m. after posting a $3,200 bond, according to the jail Web site.

One minor was also arrested after he tried to hide in the bathroom and became aggressive when deputies tried to remove him.

He received two citations; 23 other minors received citations for underage drinking and were released to their parents.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/14/12 - 10:18 pm
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Hmmmm, hasn't been a good

Hmmmm, hasn't been a good year for Lakeside, huh? Like other schools, they've certainly had their bright spots, but the dark spots aren't anything to be proud of. As far as Ms. Arrington...it sounds like she was trying to be more of a friend than a parent, and she's paid dearly for it. I'm just glad that nobody got hurt or killed.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/14/12 - 10:21 pm
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Kudos to Columbia County law

Kudos to Columbia County law enforcement for taking the noise complaints seriously and using the opportunity to observe what else was going on, leading to a domino effect of more charges. Pro-active policing. Better to put the hammer down then, than overlook it and something worse happen later, due to the intoxicated underage partiers getting into worse trouble.

Martinez
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Martinez 04/14/12 - 10:45 pm
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Had such a wonderful

Had such a wonderful experience with Lakeside that news like this saddens me. This type of behavior can ruin and even risk lives not to mention tarnish the entire reputation of the school. I do hope this mother's arrest sends a clear message to any other parents who might be tempted to make such poor decisions.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 04/14/12 - 10:56 pm
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This is sad- very sad, but

This is sad- very sad, but I'm sure this was not the only post prom party gone wrong! I guess the parents thought it was Ok for the children to drink since they were at home. Wrong- there is a legal drinking age for a reason.

KNECKBONE
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KNECKBONE 04/15/12 - 12:28 am
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i never let 23 people in my

i never let 23 people in my house at one time ever.ha ha .prom night.what a waste of time .all that money for dress -tux -limbo.me and my gf-now wife .stayed home and just played some guitars .proms are over rated.

DoggieMom
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DoggieMom 04/15/12 - 01:21 am
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Georgia Law clearly states

Georgia Law clearly states that anyone cannot give alcohol to a minor, anyone under age 21. I'm not sure why, but many parents seem to think that they can do whatever they want to do in their own homes.
As a parent, you may not give any of your children alcohol, not even a sip, until they are 21! Many of the kids in my neighborhood have gotten underage DUI's, and by law, they are supposed to lose their license until they are 21, but these same parents seem to think they are "helping" their child, buy getting an expensive lawyer, and getting around the charges. Sadly, that doesn't only NOT help, the kid thinks the rules never apply to them, and their bad behavior just escalates.
Parents need to learn that it's your job to parent, even if the child doesn't like your house rules. You will be their friend when they are young adults, if you parent correctly when they are teens, and wanting to run with the crowd. Stand up for what's right, teach your precious children right from wrong, and keep your child from killing themselves or someone else by drinking and driving. The child cannot be your "friend" until they've learned the lessons they need from a responsible parent, so grow a spine, and BE the PARENT!!!! They will love you for it in the long run!!!

stacyatkins
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stacyatkins 04/15/12 - 05:41 am
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When did everyone get so

When did everyone get so joyless? I feel so sad for everyone who would trade their freedoms to the police for the false assurance that they will be more safe. Maybe it's just easier to allow the police to collect some quick and easy citation money from a bunch of kids' parents for babysitting their kids for them for the night than for the parents to do the parenting themselves. My point: you will not ever stop kids from trying to have some fun (which sometimes involves alcohol); they need to be educated as to the right ways and wrong ways to go about it...isn't that why we send kids to school?...to learn how to get along in life? And teaching abstinence is not teaching responsibility, it's the cheap way out and it won't do them any service.
So, these kids (many, I'm sure, are otherwise very good kids) now have a criminal background - for behaving absolutely normally - and if you didn't go to prom and after-party and drink a little and make-out with your bf/gf, then you probably have alterior motives for opposing such normal behavior.
Perhaps someone didn't drive after drinking (which is good) but that wouldn't be such an important consideration if these kids were educated properly.
But for now, the score is, Columbia County wins with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of citations to kids - and the kids all lose because they get a krappy prom night because the nanny state creeps in to look after them, preventing them from doing anything because they might do something wrong.
And as for the mother...perhaps it was a well-meaning albeit misled attempt to be "cool" or friendly, which is really a mask to her own desire to be young again, living vicariously through her children...she needs to grow up.
And for all of you that think that it's a good thing to have the police so close at hand to babysit your kids and neighbor's kids, snap out of your illusion - pro-active policing will not make your world safer, just less free.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/15/12 - 06:43 am
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Doggie, speaking of

Doggie, speaking of "expensive lawyers" getting the kids out of legal trouble, I met a young man, 17,...from Lakeside, btw, but just by coincidence....who had admitted to being pulled over by the police when he was driving his friend's dad's brand new Corvette over 100 mph!! Well, just so happens that the owner was in the car with him!..and he just so happened to be one of those local lawyers you hear on TV (the one with the woman representing her law firm partners). This "expensive lawyer" talked with the deputy for a few moments and the kid got off with just a verbal warning! No ticket..no paper warning...nothing but a slap on the wrist for speeding over 100 mph! Yeah, this adult really taught him a few things, didn't he? Another example of parents/adults wanting to be friends and not parents/adults.

smbga
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smbga 04/15/12 - 06:49 am
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the truth of the matter is:

the truth of the matter is: it's no big deal to this mom or any of the teens involved. no big deal at all. it will happen again and again,........

Kendall
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Kendall 04/15/12 - 06:55 am
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I wonder if she voluntarily
Unpublished

I wonder if she voluntarily let the police inside her home. Or if the police felt they had probable cause to enter the house without a warrant based on minors drinking in the driveway. Just wondering how it all went down...
flexyourrights.org Their dvd on how to deal with the police is very good and I recommend it to everyone.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 04/15/12 - 07:32 am
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Another case of a parent

Another case of a parent trying to be their kids "friend". This is becoming more and more of a problem. Yes teens will attempt to drink and may be successful because we sure were when I was a kid. But we never did it in front of anyone's mom and dad because it was not acceptable. They sure as heck didn't buy it for us to consume at the house. In fact when I was a teen the last place you wanted to be was at home where the rules were enforced. Now parents are controlled by the kids and boy is society suffering for it.

class1
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class1 04/15/12 - 08:03 am
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The sad thing is how many

The sad thing is how many other parents had parties this prom weekend and allowed drinking at their house. Some parents just don't think they are doing anything wrong.

blues550
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blues550 04/15/12 - 08:13 am
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Had this story been about our
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Had this story been about our neighbors to the south the storyline would be cops respond to shooting at prom party. Several victims transported to hospital with gun shot wounds.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/15/12 - 08:41 am
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Crimes occuring in CC before

Crimes occuring in CC before the low income housing gets there, unheard of. This is just a case of poor oversight by the CCSO. Let this mom go and lets wait for the real criminals to come!

belle
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belle 04/15/12 - 09:04 am
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It is the parent's job and
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It is the parent's job and moral obligation to teach their children to respect. Respect their elders, respect the law, respect their parents and their home. Respect their teachers, respect THEMSELVES. This is where we are failing as a society. Set standards. Enforce them. Children need limits, that is how they learn. They will exceed the limits, but they know where to land afterward.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/15/12 - 09:07 am
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If these Lakeside alcohol

If these Lakeside alcohol arrests keep happening they're not going to have enough players left for any kind of team. Maybe the deputies went to Evans.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/15/12 - 09:09 am
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Has there ever in our

Has there ever in our lifetimes been a prom party where there wasn't some drinking afterwards?

belle
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belle 04/15/12 - 09:15 am
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i can't think of one Riverman
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i can't think of one Riverman but something about planning how to get the booze and find a place to drink it and get to and from without getting caught made us all a little more responsible. When a parent does all that for you, it is just too easy.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/15/12 - 09:34 am
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This incident shows why

This incident shows why America needs more moms with the values of Ann Romney.

Frankie-B
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Frankie-B 04/15/12 - 12:49 pm
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We're so screwed up, and our

We're so screwed up, and our children are paying the price for it;

- abortions are provided to minors without parental notification
- parents must provide consent for school field trips
- the age of consent is 16
- the marrying age is 16
- a 17yr old student has sex with a ROTC instructor and it's a crime?
- you can enlist in the militar @ 17 with parental consent
- the voting age is 18
- the Draft age is 18
- College years are generally 18-21; we ship our kids away
- The drinking age is 21?
- 26 year old "children" can stay on their parents insurance
- TV shows like Jackass glamorize stupidity
- TV shows depict parents as superfluous and/or stupid
- Animal House, American Pie, Super Bad,,,,
- Celebrities and politicians have minimal repercussions for bad behavior
- you perceived as odd in school if you don't "party" and "hook up"

IMNSHO, children attend high school, to include Prom. Children have parents, and parents should have rules with enforcement and real repercussions for infractions. Parents think they're contending with little peers here. If they don't set and enforce standards, these children won't know any meaningful bounds, and will meet up with police who ENFORCE STANDARDS.

These ciatations and arrests are real. You may not think so, but do you know how many of the best employers in the CSRA require security clearances> The recruiters for these organizations won't see these citations/arrests from a "kids will be kids" perspective. Why hire people with substance abuse records, which is what these kids now have, when there are so many good candidates with unblemeshed records.

Parents, why were your children out so late? It doesn't matter whether you trust your child or not, whether they're perfectly responsible or not; why were your children out so late?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/15/12 - 09:39 am
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Realistically, the kids will

Realistically, the kids will be given community service and be given First Offender status without criminal arrest records.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/15/12 - 09:39 am
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Wow. And this coming from

Wow. And this coming from the ultra-elite Columbia County community. Who would have thought?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/15/12 - 09:42 am
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Meanwhile, over in Richmond

Meanwhile, over in Richmond County..........

cparker
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cparker 04/15/12 - 10:08 am
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Immorality has no race, no

Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!! This story means nothing. The only time a story like this seems to matter is when many of you try to undermine minorities for poor parenting. I am pretty sure come tomorrow this Columbia county mom can depend on a certain level of forgiveness that never exist in the AC for minorities doing the same thing.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 04/15/12 - 10:30 am
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Wonder how many of the

Wonder how many of the parents of those children who attended this post prom party are upset because there was alcohol there? Probably 0! "it's not their child's fault" attitude prevails over common sense! Yes, someone could have gotten hurt, ill or worse, dead but fortunately no one did. Lesson learned- no. Same thing will happen next year!

Frankie-B
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Frankie-B 04/15/12 - 12:51 pm
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Wise Ole Man is wise, indeed.

Wise Ole Man is wise, indeed. It would be truly joyless if a car full of beautifully dressed, alcohol soaked children were in the morgue this morning. But people -might- actually wake up if that sort of tragedy happened. For a year or two, anyway.

I'm curious how many of those limos had alcohol in them on the way to Prom...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/15/12 - 10:48 am
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I've never seen people

I've never seen people drinking in the streets or on the sidewalks in Columbia County. Maybe when the low cost housing project opens we'll get a wino or two directing traffic, but it's not a problem now.

floridasun
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floridasun 04/15/12 - 10:49 am
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Say it ain't so. Certainly

Say it ain't so.
Certainly this event could not have happened in Columbia County nor with Lakeside HS students. Must be a misprint .

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/15/12 - 10:54 am
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ANYTHING that happens at

ANYTHING that happens at Lakeside generates copious comments for days. Josh Kelley dedicated a song for his "Lakeside peeps" and that made it in the paper. There's some kind of psychological force at work here that I don't quite get.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 04/15/12 - 11:14 am
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Who died? At least ya'll

Who died? At least ya'll can't blame it on Sunday sales.

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