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3 South Side Students Featured on ABC Report

Trio warns parents about New York's Social Host Law.

Three South Side High School students were featured on an ABC News segment last week when they made a push to educate parents about the dangers of teen drinking and what can happen if a party is hosted at their home.

Michaela Beck, Michael Garcia and Jennifer Gentile -- all members of South Side's SADD program and the Rockville Centre Youth Council -- hit the streets to get the word out about teenage drinking and the dangers go along with it.

The three students passed out flyers (see photo) that warned parents of Nassau County's social host law and what can happen if teens host a party while the parents are out of town.

According to Nassau County's website, the social law states:

It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of eighteen who owns, rents, or otherwise controls a private residence, to knowingly allow the consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by any minor on such premises or to fail to take reasonable corrective action upon learning of the consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by any minor on such premises.

The trio also stopped at Gino's Pizza on N Long Beach Road, along with two other pizzerias, where they posted stickers on pizza boxes that also warned parents of the social host law.

"Hopefully when they're at home they'll see the sticker and open up the box- When they're having pizza with their kids they can talk about these issues," Garcia to ABC.

socialhostlaw February 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM
New York State has no Social Host Law but Nassau and Suffolk Counties do. Please get your facts straight. For more information about the laws in your area, visit SocialHostLaw.com
Matthew Hogan February 27, 2013 at 05:44 PM
@socialhostlaw: Thanks for the correction. The original story stated: "The three students passed out flyers (see photo) that warned parents of New York State's social host law and what can happen if teens host a party while the parents are out of town." New York State has been changed to Nassau County. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
socialhostlaw February 27, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Thank you for making the correction. As a fellow journalist, I appreciate it.
That RVC guy February 28, 2013 at 03:56 AM
When there is an arrest of the parents who hosted the Pre-Roxen Road beat down party, maybe we will learn something. Suprisingly, not a word. Or not surprisingly. -

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