I would like to spend time bringing some attention to safety during our Homecoming festivities. This time of year brings with it not only the games and other school activities that our kids are involved in, but also the social activities which are such an important part of their lives. As we approach this week of homecoming games and dances we should encourage our kids to make good decisions, and more importantly be an example of good decisions. To the kids, let your parents know where you are going to be and with whom.
Be aware of the consequences of drinking, and remove yourself from situations which you don’t feel comfortable. To the parents, provide a safe environment for them in the form of gathering places in your homes, and always re-assure them that you will be there if they find themselves in a place they no longer wish to be. It goes without saying that those under 21 should not be drinking, and the consequences both legally and academically are not worth it. It is also illegal for those over 21 to provide alcohol to minors. This may seem like common sense, but there are those adults who rationalize providing alcohol to minors by having the parties at their home, or by taking keys. Regardless of how you justify it, it is still illegal, and the consequences can be far-reaching.
I hope that everyone has a safe Homecoming week, both on and off the field.
– Josh Siegler,
Pierce County Sheriff
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