SHELBY AND 15 SHOTS OF VODKA
CGAP, the Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention, is hosting an evening gathering with Debbie Allen on May 26. Debbie is from Redding, and she travels all over the country telling the story of her daughter, Shelby. When Shelby was 17, she went to a friend’s house, drank fifteen shots of vodka, and was found dead on the bathroom floor the next morning. Debbie Allen will share her story and explain the dangers of binge drinking and death from alcohol poisoning that can result. Parents, students, and other interested community members are welcome to attend on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00 at the John Diederich Center at 208 Dana Street.
Debbie Allen’s work also includes the promotion of social host ordinances. Called SHO’s, these laws are based on research that shows that binge drinking among teens tends to happen at parties. Underage drinkers can’t party in a bar, so they gather wherever they can find a house where an adult isn’t present – or a house where an adult allows the drinking to occur.
CGAP’s mission is to work toward a community that is safe for our young people. To that end, its members helped pass a Social Host Ordinance for Fort Bragg that went into effect last November. According to Fort Bragg Police Officer Joseph Breyer, the SHO is another tool that helps law enforcement deal with this problem. He said the PD receives calls about underage drinking parties “not every week-end, but fairly frequently.”They tend to occur around special occasions such as homecoming, prom, other school dances or holidays. Sometimes an adult is present, but more typically it’s a bunch of kids, and the officer’s main concern is to see that their parents are notified, and the teens get home safely. In most cases, a warning is sufficient to break up the party. The SHO is a useful tool when, as Officer Breyer said, they “just don’t care and become belligerent.” That’s when a citation can be issued and a $300 fine assessed to the social host, regardless of that person’s age. The SHO has been used two times since it became law in November. Officer Breyer said that a social host ordinance is positive since it “affects the general mindset of the community” toward underage drinking.
For more information about social host ordinances and binge drinking, Google Shelby’s Rules to learn about the foundation that Debbie Allen created as a result of her daughter’s tragic death. Then hear her story on May 26, 6:00 at the John Diederich Center where Safe Passage and the Teen Lounge are located.