Cracking Down on Parents and Minors for Underage Drinking

When children hold parties with underage drinking, there can be consequences for parents.
2:15 | 10/25/13

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And next, there is a lot of talk tonight about a problematic issue inside every american family, it is about teens and drinking. What is the right thing to do, when teenagers are drinking under your roof? Abc's linzie janis takes us to a town, where police are cracking down on teens and their parents. Reporter: When the baltimore sun published this picture of maryland's attorney general doug gansler at a party with underage drinking it struck a nerve for many parents. He told abc's jim avila he was just there to speak with his son. Did you set a good example going into a party, participating in the party -- I'm walking through. Reporter: This attorney general is having trouble figuring outs what the rules are. He's not alone. I understand the position of some parents. They can't allow it to happen. The law is clear, if you allow underage drinking in your home, even if you don't provide alcohol you are looking at sanctions and potential civil lawsuits. Reporter: Two extreme cases in glastonbury, connecticut show how confusing the issue can be. This is the house whehere the nixons threw their teenage daughter a party even handing out flyers saying they would be supervising the bash. When police arrived they found 100 teens and plenty of drinking. They knew the party was going on, they knew alcohol was there they didn't do anything about it. Reporter: Even though they say they didn't know about the alcohol, the nixons were arrested and charged with allowing minors to possess alcohol, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. Around the country most parents arrested for this end up paying fines or doing community service. This week when the parents of two teen as ride home from a vacation to find their dauters throwing a drinking party at their house on this suburban glastonbury street they didn't take chances, calling the cops, but ended up getting their own kids arrested. What this is ultimately all about is the high number of accidents on the roads, because of young people and alcohol. Nationwide, more than 12,000 are killed every year, including six from this area just last summer. The tragic outcome police and parents are trying to avoid. Linzie janis, abc news, glastonbury, connecticut. Tonight, we'll give you a

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