A teen ‘house party’ sponsored by the Muskogee Community Anti-Drug Network and Muskogee Parks and Recreation together with the MHS OKY2Y group became an eye-opener for students on the dangers of underage drinking.
The ‘house party’ is a part of a reality tour which is dedicated to help teens overcome peer pressure on using drugs and alcohol. In the event, apple juice served in beer bottles and 7UP in vodka bottles were given to the participants.
Throughout the day, teen participants drank, had fun and experienced how police deal with minor drinkers, and showed how drinking can cause premature death of teens when one of the participants overdosed on alcohol.
All these were done by the students and the organizers themselves to send out a strong message that ‘house parties’ where free flowing booze is made available can lead to serious consequences.
A lot of teens in Muskogee say that they often get invitations for such events. Some of them say that the activity is an important tool that will help them make the right decisions, while some don’t agree that all house parties are held the same way the tour depicts it.
Muskogee Police Public Relations Officer Pedro Zardeneta joined in the worthwhile event. He hopes that the reality tour will be enough to warn both parents and children about the things that could possible happen in house parties. For the longest time that he has been a police officer, he said his team has already conducted numerous police busts on house parties.
The tour also tackled how alcoholic drinks can be easily concealed by putting them in soft drinks bottles and whipped cream cans.
Sheril Morgan who is a MHS prevention specialist emphasized that parents should be aware of how these house parties go. “They think they’re keeping kids safe when alcohol is provided. In all honesty, it’s better not to have alcohol at all,” Morgan said.