Authorities Investigating Reports Of Methacton Students Arriving At Prom Drunk

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities in Montgomery County confirm they are investigating allegations of underage drinking leading up to Methacton High School’s prom this past weekend.

Police aren’t divulging any details about what happened Saturday night at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, but reports indicate as many as three dozen students may have shown up at the prom drunk.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating, but Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman confirms her office is also part of the probe.

“Our primary focus in the investigation is, first, the adults who may provide the alcohol to these minors,” she told KYW Newsradio. “That is a crime, and that is a crime for which someone can be arrested and punished.”

A number of parents showed up at Tuesday night’s school board meeting to find out how the district was planning to discipline the students who allegedly didn’t follow the rules.

Ferman’s office has been very proactive about the dangers of drinking and driving, holding assemblies for high school students to hammer home the message.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • m.a.g.

    why does that car have a bush growing out of it?

  • Bob H

    In the local news paper it says the students were on a bus going to the prom. No student was driving drunk. Why all the fuss? Our drinking laws are insane. Every one of those 32 students are old enough to get married and start a family with no parental consent. Every one of those students are old enough to sign papers to join the military with no adult oversight. If they are not driving why cant the have a drink? Why is this important enough for state officials to be involved? They will probably end up arresting some kids older sibling and destroying the kids life. Never trust the police to do what is just.

  • Mary

    Yea I’m sure Methacton and every other prom in the country. News worthy I think not

  • joe

    oldest trick in the book. students bring liquor injected fruit to the prom. easiest way to sneak intoxicants into school.

  • kelprod

    This is not news…whoever is responsible for reporting this story and whoever is responsible for having this on a website, both need to be shown the door. The real news would be if no kids showed up drunk. Sorry folks, it is a rite of passage- deal with it.

  • Really?

    In unrelated news, sources say there were speeders on I95 today

  • Why

    Why is this news?

  • Mr. Fabulous 46

    I went to 4 proms in my day, and was at some level of drunkeness at each. We knew if we went and were visibly drunk, we would not get in. That was punishment enough, plus they’d call our parents, which was not good.

    Do we really need an investigation by the Township Police and the County District Attorney?? Just punish those who were drunk by not letting them attend graduation. But mommy & daddy would probably sue the School District. How sad, but typical of the times.

  • Lois Lane

    We clearly need more finger-wagging busybodies masquerading as news reporters.

  • Col. Kurtz

    Oh, no! The horror, the horror!
    Good grief. Certainly, the gendarmes must have something better to do.

  • ARt Garfunkle

    How did this make news? This is every high school prom. 36 kids drunk at a prom? There were well over 400 students at my prom and I’m willing to bet over half were drunk.

  • Big Daddy

    Another case of bad parenting by the rich Mommy & Daddy. The same kids who recieved a BMW for their 16th birthday and never worked a day in their life. Not to worry, Mommy and Daddy’s lawyer will get them off the hook or a nice donation to the school should do the trick.

    • Angelo

      oh yea you have to have rich parents to drink before the prom i forgot haha

    • Get Real

      You are an idiot to make this about rich and poor. If they were to breathalize everyone at that prom, they would likely find the same percentage of poor kids with alcohol on their breath as rich kids. The only difference here is that a mom with the means to do so rented a bus to insure that all of her kids friends got to prom and back safely. The cops were so busy dealing with the kids on the bus, they missed other kids who DROVE away from the prom intoxicated. As the people above said, this should not be news. It goes on at every high school prom in the state. That doesn’t make it right, but it also doesn’t make it front page news.

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