Prom season is here, and for many area teens, it's one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Area high schoolers are busy planning and preparing for their prom celebrations with the hopes of a night of friends and fun to long remember. They'll don formal attire and head off to area auditoriums and gymnasiums, hotel ballrooms and excursion boats.
But when alcohol and a lack of responsibility are combined with that special night, those memories can quickly turn to tragedy.
The prom should be a time of happiness. That's why it's important that parents talk with their teens about the consequences of drinking alcohol, and not just on prom night, but any time.
Teens must know that drinking alcohol during their big night does not make them adults. Parents must be sure their teens know the rules now, before proms are held.
Teens must be sure they know not to get into the car with any driver who has been drinking, and, perhaps most importantly, they must know they are responsible for their own actions. If teens truly want to prove what adults they have become, they must show they know how to prove they're worthy of the responsibility.
Some tips for parents include: