197 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Maynard Police Offer Graduation Safety Tips
MAYNARD — With graduation less than a month away, Chief Mark Dubois and the Maynard Police Department would like to remind students and parents to celebrate responsibly.
The Maynard High School graduation will take place on Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at Alumni Field in Maynard. However, if inclement weather is in the forecast, the ceremony will be held indoors in the high school gymnasium.
“Congratulations to the class of 2016!” Chief Dubois said. “As students, family and friends prepare for their celebrations, we ask that they do so in a safe manner to ensure positive experiences all around.”
Students, please remember:
- To not feel pressured to drink or do drugs. The penalty for person under 21 years old who attempts to purchase alcohol, makes arrangements to buy alcohol, or uses a fake I.D. is a suspended license for 180 days and a $300 fine.
- Never drink and drive. Do not get in a car with anyone who has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs.
- Respect yourself and others. Know your boundaries and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused.
Parents can help their students celebrate appropriately. Chief Dubois recommends that adults:
- Know their teenagers’ plans. Find out where your student is going, who it’s with and what they’ll be doing. Make sure all parties are supervised and that you and the responsible adults share the same expectations about party behavior. Offer to drive your teenager to and from parties.
- Set firm guidelines and expectations for post-ceremony celebrations. Establish a reasonable curfew and check-in periodically. Include consequences for breaking the rules in your discussion.
- If you’re hosting the party, provide non-alcoholic beverages and do not tolerate drugs on your property. Keep alcohol at home in a locked cabinet. Under the Social Host Law, parents are criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes.
- Keep an eye out for students bringing in backpacks or large purses, which could be used to conceal alcohol. Put guests’ belongings in a room and watch out for those who may be going into their bags to retrieve alcohol or drugs that could have slipped past you at the door.
- Party crashers should be turned away, as the greater the number of guests at the your residence, the harder it will be to maintain a controlled environment.
- At the same time, if an invited guest arrives intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, be prepared to call the person’s parents. Alert adults to your rules before the celebration so they are aware of the consequences if their teen becomes a problem.