Grad night at Six Flags Darien Lake leads to 74 alcohol arrests

Posted Monday, May 24, 2004 8:51 AM | Contributed by supermandl

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department joined with Six Flags Darien Lake Friday night to investigate underage drinking at the amusement park's annual grad night, and ended up making 74 arrests. Most of those arrested were charged with unlawful posession of alcohol or marijuana. There was also an arrest made for selling alcohol to a minor.

Read more from WGRZ/Buffalo.

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Monday, May 24, 2004 8:59 AM
"Underage drinking is very, very bad.......but I got a fake ID!"

j-kwon "Tipsy"

*** This post was edited by 2Hostyl 5/24/2004 8:59:19 AM ***

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Monday, May 24, 2004 9:01 AM
Olsor's avatar "There's a time and a place for everything... and that place is college."
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Monday, May 24, 2004 9:15 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Can you blame them? With Superman closed there how else were they going to have fun?

mOOSH [yeah...that was sarcasm]

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Monday, May 24, 2004 9:53 AM
DawgByte II's avatar This type of behavior happened last year at the park, in the parking lot...
Which is why they cut the Grad-Night hours down from overnight to just 5pm to 2am.

Looks like changing the times didn't help (as if it would??). The next step is to either have more visual police roaming the lot in golf carts or whatever (not undercover, as was indicated), or cancel it for a year to show that they (SFDL) mean business when they want to keep this a drug & alcohol free event.

It's kind of ashame... but even more ashame that it's not just a few bad-apples, but a whole tree of them. Sure, there were 74 arrests... but how many others got away?

***tsk*** ***tsk*** ***tsk*** today's youth.

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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:11 AM
Well, hopefully they at least got most of the popular kids. J/K! Hey, I wasn't that much of a geek!

Rich Genthner / PTC99

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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:23 AM
Soggy's avatar Doesn't this happen at nearly every High School's grad night party? This one just happened to be at SFDL.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:41 AM
High school seniors have been getting drunk on grad night since the invention of alcohol, or high school, which ever came last. Why would it be any different at an amusement park?

I'm sure if they did a search the weekend after any prom they would find the same thing.

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Monday, May 24, 2004 11:00 AM
What sparky said. In other news, I hear that the Sun rises in the East.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 11:28 AM
I know the laws are lot more strict in the US, but as far as I understand the article, these kids were not vandalizing or threatening anyone. Arresting 74 young people sounds a little harsh for my disgustingly liberal european mindset. :)

Does anyone know what happens to these kids after the arrest? A night in prison? Social Service? A letter to the parents?

Oh, DawgbyteII I couldn´t resist checking your profile after I read your post. According to your age, you are "officially" still a member of "today´s youth". So, cheers ;)

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Monday, May 24, 2004 11:48 AM
Jeff's avatar Penalties for underage consumption varies, and most of the time it's a slap on the wrist. However, there's a judge in Ashland County, Ohio, that had college kids doing five days in jail! A friend of mine went through that, said it was an awful experience. That hardass judge was news in the National Enquirer along side the three-headed alien babies.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 12:36 PM
Anyone else find it funny that this event is sponsored by the Genessee Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and these kids are in the parking lot smoking marijuana and drinking.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 3:15 PM
Ride of Steel's avatar I find it funny how the site says "The largest drug and alcohol free party around!"

Some things like that can't be controlled with that many kids

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Monday, May 24, 2004 3:32 PM
You mean on top of all the arrests the drugs and alcohol were provided for free?!?

j/k jeremy

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Monday, May 24, 2004 5:22 PM
Everyone seems to be acting like it is inevitable that kids will drink. I am 18 years old and my friends and I can find other ways to have fun.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 6:19 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Yeah, but those ways to have fun are MORE fun when you drink ;)

mOOSH [again, that was sarcasm]

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Monday, May 24, 2004 7:37 PM
And here is Moosh throwing another log in the fire. ;)

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Monday, May 24, 2004 9:09 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar Damn kids......don't they know anything nowadays? You get a MOTEL and then party. They were just asking to be caught. ;-)

-Tina

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Monday, May 24, 2004 9:09 PM
coasteraddict: individual kids make reasonable choices all the time. Groups of kids are almost always morons in the aggregate, bad apples notwithstanding.

*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 5/24/2004 9:10:13 PM ***

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004 12:10 AM
The aftereffects can be bad for saome of these kids that they or there parents may not be aware of. In Wisc.(and every state has there own rules) when a underage person is found guilty of possessing/drinking alcoholic beverages it is listed on there driving records which will cause there insurance rates to go up. And the same holds true for something as what some may think is minor like a not wearing a seat belt viol. When teenagers/young adults are cited for these viol. it can have a maor affect on insurance as they are already in a high risk group due to there age.
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