Underage drinking: Have your say
By Claire Peters
After police have been called to two teenage parties in two weeks, does Jersey have an underage drinking problem?
There have been more calls for a crack down on underage drinking after police were called to break up a teenage beach party for the second time in a month.
On a summer evening many islanders enjoy a few drinks on the beach with friends, but when around one hundred and fifty youngsters gathered at Le Braye on Saturday two teenagers ended up in hospital.
Police were forced to close down the party in St Ouen’s Bay because of concerns about underage drinking, when two teens were admitted to A&E to have their stomach’s pumped.
Three honorary officers and a States police officer were asked to deal with the 15 and 16-year-olds who were celebrating the start of the school holidays.
Two ambulances were called and St Brelade centenier John Traford said a third teenager needed to be hospitalised but the ambulance service were unable to take him because they were already stretched to capacity.
Around 150 teenagers gathered at St Ouen's Bay
The latest incident happened just two weeks after police were called to a large gathering of teens at Grouville beach.
That prompted the Grouville constable to suggest teenagers caught underage drinking should receive more than a warning. He said he was fed up of teenagers causing havoc at the weekend.
Mr Traford agreed, saying he was very concerned that underage drinkers tied up so much of the police and paramedics time.
He said he’ll be seriously considering pressing charges against those causing disturbances in the future.
Have your say
Do you think the police should be harder on underage drinkers, or are they just youngsters having fun?
Is underage drinking harmless rebellion?
How accountable are parents for their teenage children’s behaviour?
Do you believe that if large gatherings of teenagers don’t disturb people they should be left alone?
Do you think underage drinking poses a big problem in Jersey, if so how would you stop youngsters from drinking excessively? Or is it just harmless teenage rebellion?
last updated: 30/06/2008 at 15:22
Have Your Say
13 yr old
Drinking is Wrong
anotha 15 yr old...
Your average teenager. :)
15 Year old Student
Harmless fun :) and we WONT stop
a comment to " a message to all you idiots"
A message to all you idiots
15 year old
To: Voice of the Youth
23 with fond memories
sheggg (= and shagggg (=
a different 15 year old who will try not to be rud
The voice of the youths
a good person
yet another 15 year old... again
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parent from st lawrence
17 year old
a 'zit popper' apparently..
another one of thoose "zit poopers"
yet another 15 year old
harry and george
15 year old ... drinking is the muts nuts and peop
a GOOD parent
Sqn Leader C Gull
Another 15 Year Old
Live. Laugh. Love.
-- One of the "Zit Poppers"
Sqn Leader C Gull
--15 yr old again =P
Tired Of Stupid Children
-- 15 yr old =P