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EG, NK Substance Abuse Task Forces Working to Educate Teens Following Underage Party

What are officials in NK and EG planning to do after last month's huge underage party in North Kingstown?

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

For the past week and a half, East Greenwich’s Bob Houghtaling – director of the town’s drug program – has been fielding calls from teens and parents following a large underage party in North Kingstown. According to reports, nearly 100 teenagers from both North Kingstown and East Greenwich were partying at a home on Wilbert Way where youths were reportedly drinking alcohol. Several teens were allegedly drinking in such excess that two were brought to area hospitals. One teen was found unresponsive, though still breathing, and lying in vomit.

“There are so many scary things about this incident,” Houghtaling told the Providence Journal this week. Read the full story with Houghtaling’s interview here.

Jayne Donegan, 51, was arrested during the party under the state’s social host law. Donegan, a former member of the East Greenwich School Committee, was allegedly throwing the party for her 16-year-old daughter’s birthday.  She was also charged with assaulting an officer and obstructing an officer in the execution of duty. 

Houghtaling has met with more than 100 teens since the party and says the incident should serve as a “teachable moment.” Both police departments in North Kingstown and East Greenwich, along with each town’s respective substance abuse task forces, plan to coordinate and find ways to intervene and educate teens and their families on the matter. 



EG February 03, 2014 at 10:45 PM
In many other countries, schools are teaching students how to become a good citizen. It is hard to believe that School Districts in RI are not responsible for anything outside the school. What are RI schools really doing???
E.D.T. Bautista February 04, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Is this not a teachable moment as much for parents as it is for children - perhaps more so for the former?
EG February 04, 2014 at 08:58 AM
If your parents drink, you will drink? If your parents are criminal, you are criminals? If your parents are poor, you are not a good student?... This might be logical here, but it is not logical in many other countries...

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