Police have come under criticism from parents after confiscating alcoholic beverages from children celebrating their last day of school.
Warrington police posted a photo of schoolchildren’s drinks on social media Friday. reports the Liverpool Echo.
The 11th grade pupils between the ages of 15 and 16 were confiscated during controls, with cans and bottles of beer and cider as well as bottles of vodka and gin being taken away.
A Warrington Police Department spokesman wrote: “Officers from the South Warrington Policing Team are out tonight.
“While we want 11th grade students to enjoy their last day of school, alcohol possession will not be tolerated.
“Below is an example of what we have confiscated from teenagers so far …. #DontDoIt”.
The post on the Warrington Police Facebook page attracted a lot of attention, with hundreds of comments from parents who were divided over the officers’ actions.
One woman named Lauren wrote: “Am I the only one who would have wanted my 16 year old to take off his clothes on the street! Definitely have a drink at home or oversee a friend’s house / party”. I don’t want my precious little people to be butchered on the streets of today. “
Alex Daniels agreed and wrote, “Just think of the drunk kid who fell on the street in front of a car or on the train line. Waste of life.
Tracey Hather disagreed, saying, “Party poopers after what they’ve been through last year and most of them turned down a prom they couldn’t just give them for one night as long as there weren’t any problems ..”.
Lee Holt wrote: “Leave her alone … It’s part of growing up … Everyone does this when they leave school, it’s the law …”.