Teens arrested at alleged Plainville drinking party
PLAINVILLE, Mass. -- Police arrested dozens of teenagers at an under-aged drinking party in Plainville Friday.
The arrests came in a town already marred by a teen drinking tragedy.
“Always the death of Taylor Meyers always comes to mind when we have any type of bust like this,” said William McEvoy of Plainville Police
Just a few minutes and a few houses away from where the party occurred is where Taylor Meyer's family lives. The 17-year-old drowned in a swamp during a high school party at an abandoned airfield in 2009.
Two years later her mother's devastation is as raw as ever.
“I just want them to remember what can happen,” said Kathi Meyer, Taylor’s mother.
Residents of the Melcher Street home declined to comment about this weekend's party, but police said the owners will not be charged since they were away at the time.
“They are good kids next door,” said a neighbor. “They’ve been awfully good to my kids, so they are good kids. Unfortunately, sometimes bad choices are made.”
All of the partygoers were arrested.
“What these kids don’t understand is that if you're at these parties, even if you're not drinking, you can still be arrested for minor possession of alcohol,” said McEvoy.
The list of people charged was heartbreaking to Taylor Meyer's mother, Kathi.
“Unfortunately you look at the list of people form Plainville…those are the kids who were freshman when it happened to Taylor, and why, with them being at school that morning hearing that she passed, why wouldn't it stay with them,” said Kathi Meyer.
Plainville police hope to send a clear message by arresting and charging everyone who attended the party. They also have a sign flashing out in front of their station that says “Zero tolerance, zero chances: You drink under 21, you lose.”
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