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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.

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 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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