Underage drinking is part of the fizz of growing up. 15 year old Kara Johnson says it's part of high school life, "there are definitely parties around here that involve alcohol. It's reality her mom even knows about. She says, "I think it's always been done, just more kid are getting caught." Her mom works in the Ford County Circuit Clerk's office. She says there's been a jump of cases involving teens and alcohol. " The designated driver is a big push, that you would think that, and underage drinking that they should know better, " she adds.
Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran says underage drinking is a fermenting problem in his county. Just in the last three months, there's been dozens of teens in trouble for taking a sip. " It's a very big problem, and we're not talking about 5 or 6 kids, we're talking about 20 and 30 kids," describes Doran. He adds,.kids make it worse when they run, " I've known kids who jump out of window and run out of the party house. Doran has decades of law enforcement experience and he's seen how alcohol has hurt families, friends and his county. " I see how a kid's fun night can turn into a tragedy, and then you have the funerals in the gym with the students and friends looking at what happened to their night of fun." Its fun, that Johnson feels her classmates can find elsewhere. " I know people that do it, they're just gonna run their life in the long run."
Sheriff Doran says he plans to have more officers patrolling rural areas where many of these parties are held.