Thursday, October 7, 2010

Richwoods students suspended after drinking party

You may recall that I overheard a young lady from the Richwoods Dance Team and her mother talking about fights, off campus, after the Richwoods vs Notre Dame game. An Anonymous commenter hastened to inform me that there were no fights amongst the Richwoods children. Even though there were no reports of fights at this party, I wouldn't doubt that there are plenty of fights that go unreported at such events. Unfortunately, these exclusive drinking parties are the norm in the suburbs and as a result, are much more difficult for the PPD to get a handle on.
Up to dozen athletes receive suspensions for being at weekend party.

PEORIA — As many as 10 to 12 student-athletes at Richwoods High School will finish out their respective season on the sidelines after they received tickets for possessing or using alcohol while at a weekend drinking party.

Twenty-two city ordinance violations were issued to teenagers for possessing and/or consuming alcohol Saturday at a home in the 4000 block of West Hollow Trace, according to Peoria police.

Names of the students are not available as they are juveniles, but Peoria police relayed the names to school officials, District 150 spokeswoman Stacey Shangraw said.

Letters went out to those students, notifying them and their parents that students involved in extracurricular activities may not be able to participate for up to an entire year, Shangraw said.

Peoria District 150’s extracurricular competition code, revised about three years ago, carries greater penalties than held at many other school districts, especially for first offenses.

The first offense for the use, possession or transportation of illegal drugs or alcohol results in an automatic suspension from all activities and practices covered by the code for one calendar year from the date of the incident, the policy states.

“We have a policy and we’re just following through on that,” Shangraw said of letters that were sent to parents from Richwoods’ athletic director. “Extracurricular activities are a privilege and strictly voluntary.”

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