Posted by RCaldwell on June 22, 2012

There is a proposed law currently in Chesterfield that would hold a parent of children who host underage drinking parties responsible for the child’s decisions.

Read through http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/metro/news/social-hosting-law-might-crash-the-party-in-chesterfield/article_1de2efd4-d32b-5ce2-b679-4396f0e5ee12.html for an idea of the issue.

There is one major problem with this law. 

There is no way a parent could keep such party from happening.  How would a parent who works out of the country, who has no friends, who has no family, ensure that his/her household would remain party free? Lock the children out of the house? Pay a stranger to keep the child?

The only absolute way to keep the child from having a party is to keep the child out of the house.  If the parent chooses to keep the kid in the house, the parent would have to hire help.  This must assume the help would never leave the house.  The help leaves for groceries because the child cannot buy them, and during that time, the child invites over a couple of friends, gets into the alcohol, messages fly, and the neighborhood kids are all there, in a matter of minutes.  The child has no respect for authority, ignores the help, the help calls the police, and bingo, the parent is on the hook.

Obviously, this would be an extreme situation, but should the parent really be held accountable for that decision?

Is the state of affairs in peaceful Chesterfield so terrible, that parents can no longer leave their children at home alone?  Are there riots in the streets?  Delinquents swamping the Chesterfield municipal court? 

If you are a parent in Chesterfield, this proposed law should concern you.

If this law passes, and you are charged, contact McMichael & Logan today.


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I happened to be panissg back through (I would make an excuse but fact is I just like reading people's comments) and just thought I'd say about Chesterfield, to Tibbs, I don't know if you've seen the show Bottom out there in lovely ol' Canada, but there's an episode where they're being burgled and there's a crash and Richie goes I think that was the chesterfield! and Eddie goes Nah, I don't think it was that far away! and oh how we laughed. So the point, if I have one, is I think it's a piece of furniture over here too, but maybe associated with posh people. I will stop loitering now.
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I love that Chesterfield is an actual place. Don't know if you use chilserfeetd to mean a couch / sofa, or if that's just a Canadian thing (it may even be a Nova Scotian thing), but every time I see the place name I have a bit of a giggle.Oh, and Cymruangel apparently hasn't been able to see the most recent posts, so didn't know she was supposed to be in charge of collating people's thoughts on the blog; she says that pm'ing her on the forums () is probably the best way to get submissions to her.
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