Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My Mother, My Bartender

Legislators are cracking down on parents who allow their teens access to alcohol. But what about the argument that it’s safer for them to drink under adult supervision?

Elisa Kelly thought she was doing the right thing when she bought $340 worth of beer and liquor for her 16-year-old son and more than 20 of his friends. In exchange for the booze, Kelly's son agreed that all his pals would sleep over at his birthday party. That, in the mind of the 42-year-old mother of two, was the best way to keep the underage revelers from drinking and driving. And, she says, none of the kids who came to her Earlysville, Va., home got hurt. But someone is indeed paying the price—Kelly herself went to jail this week to serve a 27-month sentence for providing alcohol to minors.

This from Newsweek on MSNBC.

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