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Drunk Teens Pass Out in Cold After Leaving Essex Fells Party

Police say boys were hospitalized for treatment of alcohol poisoning, hypothermia. Vodka was snuck into party attended by more than 100 teens with parent home.

Two teenage boys were hospitalized Saturday night after they drank too much at a party in Essex Fells and apparently passed out in the cold, police officials said.

The boys, a 15-year-old from Maplewood and a 14-year-old from Whippany, were treated for alcohol poisoning and hypothermia, Essex Fells Chief Vincent Kulik said Monday.

Someone snuck bottles of vodka through the basement of a house where more than a 100 teens had congregated while the mother was at home, Kulik said.

“When she realized that they had booze there, she started throwing them out,” he said.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 8:41 p.m. and discovered the boys passed out in the snow. They were transported to the hospital by the West Essex First Aid Squad.

The chief said the teens had been outside for some time.

He added, teenagers and alcohol are a hazardous mix.

“These kids can’t handle this booze and it’s dangerous — very, very dangerous,” he said.

WCaldResident February 11, 2013 at 05:33 PM
100 teens??? And the parent was home??? I would think she should have sent kids away long before she "discovered" they were drinking. Sounds like she probably allowed the drinking until 911 was called and its a matter of CYA. Who has 100 teens in their house--even if they are sober???? Something's fishy, if you ask me.
WCaldwelldweller February 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Nobody asked you!
Lucy Russo February 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM
There were not 100 teens. There were less than 40 with just a troublesome few that put this poor parent in a very precarious situation. If parents think their teens are going to behave this way in someone else's home they should keep them under lock and key. Just like you would put a muzzle on a dog you know would bite. If you ask me, It's this parent who deserves the apology for having her home disrespecteed this way.
Lucy Russo February 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
If, even after policing children like they were common criminals, a disrespectful child decides they are going to bring forbidden items into someone's home, who exactly should we blame? Frankly the term "it takes a village" comes to mind. It's astonishing that a pafrent would first blame another parent for such poor behavior and have no repercussions for the child. That parent is doing their child a huge diservice. And society. Because we are depending on our police to instill values in our children. And that's not going to happen. Not to mention that, with a good lawyer these children get away with it anyway. Our officers don't stand a chance. So please , raise your own kids, lets depend on neighborly support as parents and let's teach respect for authority. Both parental and civic. Only then will this stop. Until then, the only thing a parent can do is keep their homes closed to the local youths. That's a sad shame. We are failing as parents.
Petey February 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Wow. The cops are busy in Essex Fells.
WCaldResident February 12, 2013 at 03:33 AM
One reason so many teens are drinking these days is that many parents allow it "on their watch" ---because they believe the kids will do it elsewhere anyway. What a defeatist attitude. They think they are "protecting" them. How about sending a clear message that it is not acceptable under any circumstances? Oh, wait, then you are a PARENT, not a FRIEND to your kids.Some friend.......when the well meaning sober kid promises not to drink and drive, then alcohol makes them think they can..... and tragedy happens. Let's all just "give up" teaching our kids right from wrong-- and let them "have fun". Funerals for teens are not fun.
WCaldResident February 12, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Isn't 40 kids a pretty big number, too????? If these children got strict punishments, it would certainly help.The lawyer's kids get away with everything--- but death can't be undone in court, can it??
Ashley winnfred February 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM
You are failing as a parent
blm February 12, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Having had a sister who at the age of 24 was killed by a spoiled selfish 18 year old ,,, i can say that doing the right thing starts at home,,,,parents who friend their children are not doing them any favors,,,except to make it all go away as it did in my sisters case,,,he was home as my parents identified her body,,,thank godthey (boys) werent behind the wheel of a car,,,,,
Eugene Beach February 12, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Unfortunately this is a result of the liberal society we've become. Being politically correct, timeouts and being your kids friend have brainwashed the populace into believing this is how to raise our/your children. It rarely works and will eventually hurt our society and the nation as a consequence. Don't be a sheep and fall for it.
Uncle Albert February 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM
All those kids inside a mansion would never be noticed. A friend of my wife lives in a mansion in South Orange and their daughter had a party in that mansion basement and the parents never heard a sound coming from them.
Sam February 12, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Lucy- I have to agree with you and your thinking. If I child is going to walk into someone elses home and be that disrepectful by bringing alcohol and put that parent of the home owner in harms way, then that child and the parent of that child should get some sort of fine or punishment. After all how dare that child put that parent in such a situation. Maybe then parents will learn to teach their child how to behave properly when in other peoples homes if they know there will be repercussions.
Teresa Akersten (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 07:48 PM
A third teen who police say attended the party was sent to hospital for alcohol poisoning. Here's the follow-up: http://caldwells.patch.com/articles/west-caldwell-girl-one-of-three-teens-treated-for-alcohol-poisoning
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Get off the high horses and realize that unless you are connected to what your children are doing, and by that I mean being home on Friday and Saturday nights (not off drinking two bottles of wine someplace with others, knowing who and where your children are going and what they might be walking out the door with.The is a balance that must exist between rules put in place and having your children trust that they can come to you if there is a problem.... ...Have seen it way too much through my children's younger years......Parents so self absorbed in their own fun time and life, then their child ends up dying from things going on right under their noses...and hearing those same parents vow to find out who was responsible for what happened to their "innocent" and "well - disciplined" child.
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Parents came, were very thankful that we kept their child safe, child ran away and was found passed out around the corner by the person who lawn he had dropped on. After all was said and done, we ended up in court for trying to help,of course the case was dismissed and parents were held responsible for their child. What was obvious was that these parents had no control over their son, hence him since having multiple DWI's with and without crashing and has gotten a brand new car each time he got his lic. back. Would you like to guess where the vodka came from? 99% of the time kids raid their parents over abundant supply of booze without it ever being noticed missing.
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I started to ask some pointed questions to the boys in general. When I directed a question to this one boy as to how he had gotten to our house, his answer was "I drove"...(his keys visible on the table) I then picked up the keys and asked who's orange juice it was. He responded it was his. I then took the orange juice and smelled inside the container. More vodka than OJ to say the least. At this point I told the other boy who had come with him there were two choices here. 1 call the cops and have him removed or call his parents. That boy became a bit violent when he became aware that we had called his parents and demanded his keys. The rest is really too long to continue with every detail....We the adults in no way were responsible for this child(who had only gotten his drivers lic. 2 weeks before) and his behavior, we did not condone it and acted responsible in the after fact to remove this child from our house.
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 09:28 PM
A fairly typical response from a fairly typical West Caldwell parent.(aka head in the sand or if I don't see them doing it, etc) A not so short truth...years back when my children were underage, range about 16-18yrs, a small gathering of about 6 or 7 boys were sitting around drinking canned soda provided by me. We, myself, my husband and a neighbor were also hanging out on the patio. Boys were all laughing and joking around about stupid stuff that happened at school...In walks another friend of theirs with a boy who we (the adults) did not know. These two boys joined the group sitting at the patio table. It was about 10 minutes after they arrived that I approached the table from the other side of the patio. I noticed that the unfamiliar boy had a 1/2 carton of orange juice. I waved over my neighbor to join me at that table...we observed this boys behavior. It was apparent that he was very intoxicated.
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 09:54 PM
The Brainwashing is coming from the society that forces kids to attend college even tho they truly want to be a master carpanter, auto mechanic and on...Money not liberal ideas. It is the parents that HAVE TO WORK, THE KIDS THAT COME HOME TO AN EMPTY HOUSE...then the weekend and the parents need time to unwind and must go out to dinner with friends and a few bottles of wine, instead of spending time at home where their eyes and guidence and love is needed most. After my second child was born (still living in a rental 2 bedroom) I did not return to work, even tho it meant we would not be able to buy a house...third child, bigger rental two bedroom, still no house...and it remained that way for several more years...We now have a modest home that we out grew by the time the kids were in their teens....NO STATUS HERE, JUST PARENTS WHO WERE AROUND FOR THEIR KIDS...
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Eugene, the word liberal as you use it does not apply here,neither does politically correct.The liberal or better stated "loosey goosey" parental control has come from the need for parents to keep them and their children as you put it "politically correct" (which has nothing to do with politics) this form of correctness comes from the need to have that bigger house,drive that nicer car,buy your son that $250 pair of "I got to have" Nikes, forcing the once one income family (yes, the dreaded stay at home mom era) into a two income must have and don't spew the economy back cause that just ain't cutting it,It is the Jones having to keep up with the Smiths,who have to BE the same kind of house that the Kelly's have....and so on.
ARRichards February 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM
You are absolutely correct, and why hasn't anyone here even wondered how a child from Maplewood and another from Whippany and at their age obviously they did not drive themselves, get there...one would have to consider the possibility that a parent drive them...(and maybe the Vodka as well) And further, as my children became of this experimental age, what they were not permitted to do was (of course outside of telling them they should not drink) to go to gatherings in other towns, especially Essex Fells, North Caldwell and Cedar Grove... 99% they adhered to these guidelines and the one time one of them didn't it was dealt with accordingly. Another curious question is the timeline...8:40 pm...what time did this party start? The odds again are that these kids did what is called today as "pre-gaming" probably drank well before they even got there to be that intoxicated... Story just doesn't play out right, sorry.
Nitsuj February 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM
You got that right eugene. This what happens when parents dont lay down the law. It is due to the debasement of our culture that results in incidents like this. It is a shame that nice communities like this have tried to ape such ghetto behavior.
REC February 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Every commenter on this incident (with the clear exception of "Lucy" and perhaps a couple of others – but only because they didn’t say much) blames a person, a town, a political party or an income level - in very general terms - and without factual knowledge. In fact, those comments are based on assumption, and what you read in this paper. To my knowledge, none of the minors were identified. The parent who owns the home where the party took place was not identified. The three kids who were hospitalized were from three different towns – and those towns were identified. Yet based on this very limited information, you all are pretty vocal and very judgmental on the non-facts. That is as harmful as the incident itself.
Teresa Akersten (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Just posted a blog by a Caldwell College Professor of Nursing who talks about the myths concerning binge drinking. It includes valuable information for parents and teens. http://caldwells.patch.com/blog_posts/friends-dont-let-friends-get-drunk

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