S.C. parents charged with allowing underage drinking at prom party

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 9:50 AM
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GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville couple has been arrested and charged with allowing underage drinking and drug use at an after-prom party at their home.

Greenville County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home early Sunday morning after getting a complaint.

Deputies say they found minors drinking and using marijuana.

Brian McSharry, 46, and Kelley McSharry, 47, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies said more than a dozen other people ranging in age from 16 to 19 were cited for being minors in possession of alcohol.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/01/13 - 10:08 am
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So one of the nerd kids who

So one of the nerd kids who wasn't invited ratted them out.

LLArms
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LLArms 05/01/13 - 10:23 am
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Who knows who called in the

Who knows who called in the complaint - one thing is for sure - those are some sub par parents.

Society would be better off if all these parents who insist on being the "cool parents" would you know, act like adults.

Way to go mom and dad, great example you've set.

- D

belle
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belle 05/01/13 - 10:25 am
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ratted them out?
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Seriously, you can argue all day long about the "caring" parents who hosted a party to keep the kids safe and in one location but the fact is...They Broke The Law. If parents don't respect the laws (whether they like them or not) who will teach the children to? We don't get do-overs in court. They don't care if you broke a big law or a little one, they don't care what good intentions you had. A law was broken..done.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 10:26 am
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Matter of fact, although the

Matter of fact, although the law doesn't apply to others, the law allows parents to let their children consume alcohol at home.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/13 - 10:32 am
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Close Call

So the only one who got out uncited would be the McSharry kid.

:-)

David Parker
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David Parker 05/01/13 - 10:37 am
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Play a little devil's

Play a little devil's advocate here.

How many of you believe that the kids would not have been drinking and puffing if the parents would have told them no party at the house?

Followup question:

How much more risk is it to be on the roads enaging in said drinking and puffing?

Parents had the right idea but failed miserably in chaperoning. They obviously trusted the teens and went on to bed and that's when the illegal activity began. I'd bet on it. If you, as a parent, take-on the responsibility of a teen party, you better keep the coffee brewing.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/01/13 - 11:29 am
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Dumb. This happens every year, but the parents of the kids coming up never seem to learn....

RedSoxFan303
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RedSoxFan303 05/01/13 - 12:53 pm
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As someone who was at this

As someone who was at this party the parents knew that drinking was going on but one of the requirements before coming into the house was giving up your keys, nobody was going to get them back til the morning. And to "LLarms" calling them subpar parents, one of the reasons that they did this was because they didn't want the whole high school out drinking and driving. By your profile picture you look like a young guy, maybe when your a parent you will learn that your kids will do what they want, whether you want them to or not.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/13 - 01:37 pm
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Naming Names

It is kind of weird how the Associated Press reporter gave the name of the 18-year-old but not the name of the 19-year-old. By the way, the 19-year-old is not a minor. He can't legally possess alcoholic beverages, but he is an adult nevertheless.

belle
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belle 05/01/13 - 02:02 pm
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Riverman,
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I don't believe that is the law in South Carolina. Georgia yes, but only in the home, not in the neighbors home, not at Grandma's, not at a bar.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 05/01/13 - 04:50 pm
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redsox

Sure kids are going to do what they want, but helping them break the law, is something you maybe have not heard of???? It's also called breaking the law.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/01/13 - 05:15 pm
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The only nerds
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were the "parents" and any Fool who sees no problem with coddled children or any person UNDER the age of 21 driving drunk hasn't a brain in their childlike head. Adults are miserable at driving intoxicated. Many kids aren't responsible enough to graduate from high school, much less party with drunk punk adults!

burninater
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burninater 05/01/13 - 05:50 pm
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One person's breaking the law

One person's breaking the law is another person's civil disobedience.

It doesn't make it any more legal, but it doesn't immediately indicate the person is unprincipled or a bad parent, either.

burninater
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burninater 05/01/13 - 08:33 pm
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I see the

I see the gov't-should-tell-us-how-to-live brigade has some itchy fingers on the thumbs down today.

Lkn4Ans
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Lkn4Ans 05/01/13 - 09:44 pm
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Granted...

it is illegal for those under 21 to consume alcohol. However, I have disagreed with this law ever since it was enacted. If you can join the military at 18, deploy, protect and defend your country, then you, my friend, have earned the right to drink any darn beverage you choose. That goes for those who choose to marry, own a home, and start a family. If you want to pop open a cold one after mowing your lawn, then why do you need the government's permission?!?! Bing back the 3.2 and let young adults consume responsibly. Geez people!

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 05/02/13 - 12:55 am
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drunks and pot
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Of all the comments posted here, we seem to have forgotten, these people were acting as drug dealers to underage victims. They were not being parents, or doing the rest of us any favors by “keeping the kids off the streets” and doing the drinking and pot at a home. Put these two in jail for as long as there is a jail to put them in. I was a kid and have raised kids of my own, they will do as you raise them to do.

Purple_Blood
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Purple_Blood 05/02/13 - 03:58 am
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Get Real!!

Great! They allow their own kid the freedom to illegally drink and smoke pot in their house. How did the parents of the other kids feel about it? Driving drunk isn't the only thing "uncool" parents think about. Were they also preventing fights, handing out condoms, making sure drunk girls weren't being taken advantage of? Or did they just provide a "safe" place to drink and smoke pot?

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Bodhisattva 05/02/13 - 06:34 am
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Other than the pot, this

Other than the pot, this would have been perfectly legal for the 18 and 19 year olds when I was coming along. There's a pretty good chance it would have been handled with a warning anyway with the parents giving the kids what for when they got home. We've created a system designed to ruin kids lives from a single screw up that's not really a big deal. It's the same in the schools. Something that wasn't even looked down on or was a slap on the wrist is criminal now. Making mistakes is part of growing up. If they're not hurting someone, give them a good taking to and scare the bejeebus out of them but don't make it a criminal case. If it's repeated behavior, that's something else, but an isolated incident, give them a break. Geez.

LLArms
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LLArms 05/02/13 - 09:47 am
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Redsox, I am a father of a 6

Redsox, I am a father of a 6 year old - so you are way off base. The age old excuse of "I'd rather have them drinking at home then be on the road" is weak at best.

Drinking at that age is not some magical rite of passage; its something dumb youngsters do because they think it is. I should know, I did it too. But I never burdened my parents with doing it at the house though.

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Hooray for RFK 05/02/13 - 10:18 am
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You morality, temperance
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You morality, temperance movement types do realize that you're making alcohol taboo and therefore kids will flock to it. In Europe parents are allowed to let their kids drink in the home. Europe has far lower teen drinking rates, teen DUIs, etc then we do. Teaching your kids how to be responsible drinkers and taking a way the taboo of it goes a long way.

It's time to drop the Puritanical non-sense and join the 21st century.

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