According to the Police calls from the Aug. 18 edition of the Savage Pacer, officers were called to a home to investigate the use of alcohol by minors while the parents were on site.
From the article:
Aug. 7: Police received a report of adults providing minors with alcohol at a home in the 13200 block of Williamsberg Drive. There were two individuals under the age of 21 at the home, and one of them had been drinking. However, the one who had been drinking was under the supervision of a relative. All individuals involved were advised of the possible consequences. No charges were filed.
With the Scott County’s Social Host Ordinance being regularly enforced to cut down on the number of underage drinking incidents in which alcohol is served to minors with a knowing adult present, some residents may be confused as to whether how it applies to minors and their parents (it doesn’t). Yet, the question remains whether parents should allow underage consumption by their minor children in their own households.
Back in January, MPR covered the announcement of a bill in the House of Representatives which would have permitted 16 year olds to drink at bars and restaurants in the presence of a legal guardian. SImilar to the law which exists in WI and permits minors to drink with their parents at any age, the article notes it had no chance of passage. However there was a steady stream of comments at the bottom from those who were raised in WI and were disappointed that MN did not have a similar law on the books.
Obviously what someone allows their children to do in their house, responsibly, is one thing and certainly should not be infringed upon especially at holidays or other events where alcoholic beverages are served. If officers are called to a home because a minor is drinking under the direct supervision of an adult, should the adult be lectured about “possible consequences”? If the police were called do you wonder about the level of intoxication of the minor and why it was noticed by someone outside the home? Should minors be permitted to drink at bars and restaurants if their parents permit it? What age is appropriate? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.