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Underage drinking leads to arrests of several adults

Date Posted: 2003-01-24

The death of a 16-year-old high school student in Kume Island last August has lead the police to arrest several adults who have been found responsible of buying and serving alcohol to underage children.

The boy who had been drunk fell to his death from a third floor apartment where he had consumed beer with the woman Underage drinking leads to arrests of several adults

The death of a 16-year-old high school student in Kume Island last August has lead the police to arrest several adults who have been found responsible of buying and serving alcohol to underage children.

The boy who had been drunk fell to his death from a third floor apartment where he had consumed beer with the woman and four underage schoolmates. The woman who is the mother of one of the boys who had been drinking in the apartment is accused of allowing minors to consume alcohol.

Police investigation found that the high school boys had bought the beer from two local supermarkets. Investigators say that the shops sold the beer although they knew that the boys were minors. The owners of both supermarkets were also arrested.

The police say that it is the responsibility of adults to make sure that minors under the age of 20 do not drink. “The law is clear. If a minor tries to purchase beer or other alcoholic beverages, the shop must refuse. And if minors drink in the presence of an adult, he or she should stop it. Otherwise, they all can he held responsible if an accident happens,” an investigator said. The boy fell from a balcony in the apartment. “Kids under 20 do not realize how dangerous alcohol is, adults should teach them strickly about this,” a Naha police officer said.

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