Graduating high school is an accomplishment and part of the life cycle in Jacksonville Florida. Children and parents alike celebrate and look forward to the joys of summer. Unfortunately for some children and families in Jacksonville Florida, the celebration can turn into personal injuries, wrongful death, and / or prison.
Alcohol should not be served to or consumed by a person under the age of 21 in Florida. The reason for the law is to keep alcohol away from children who drive cars and otherwise wreak some havoc in the spirit of having fun, being obnoxious, or just being stupid. When you mix alcohol and immaturity, you can a bad result.
Providing alcohol to minors is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Getting arrested should not be the only deterrent for parents and other adults. The safety of children and others should also be considered. Drunk driving deaths and injuries are prevalent in Jacksonville Florida and other communities. Many of these incidents result from underage drinking.
Throw a party. Celebrate graduation. Keep alcohol away from children. It may be easier to throw an alcohol free party. Yes, keep alcohol away from the adults as well. Sometimes, safety is more important than getting a buzz.
Matt Coleman, a Florida Times Union writer, wrote a good article about graduation parties and the problems created by underage drinking. You can read the article at Careful What You Serve to Graduates.