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Teen Charged after Party Gone Wild

A 17-year-old Wyckoff girl faces a juvenile complaint for allegedly hosting a party that got out of control Saturday

An underage drinking party that got out of hand Saturday evening has led to charges against one Wyckoff teen, according to township police.

Police said they caught wind of the raucous shindig around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and responded to the home near Wyckoff and Lafayette avenues.

Wyckoff Police Sgt. Jack McEwan and Patrolman Andrew Poremba responded and found a party underway in which many of the revelers were drinking alcohol underage, according to cops.

Partygoers fled the scene when police arrived; others were found hiding inside the home — including in the attic — cops said. Booze was also found scattered around the home, officials said.

Cops say they found a 16-year-old girl drunk and vomiting in the home. Officials notified her parents, who responded to the scene and declined medical attention for the juvenile.

The home owner's 17-year-old daughter was left home alone, and told police that she invited friends over to the house without the knowledge of her mother, cops said.

The situation got out of hand as more people arrived, many bringing alcohol, she reportedly told police.

She was charged on a juvenile complaint with making property available for underage persons to consume alcoholic beverages. The complaint was referred to juvenile court. 

The girl's parents were not home, had no knowledge that the party would be occurring, and were not charged, police said Thursday.

The girl told her parents she would be staying at a friend's house while they were away, but instead stayed home and threw the party, cops told Wyckoff Patch.

"The parents should converse with the parents where she intends to stay. They probably did not," police reported. "By doing so, another adult would assume some level of oversight and responsibility."

Parents should also tell their kids to call for help if they need it, police said.

"The party got out of hand and she [failed] to call," police said. "Call anyone for help. Parents, friends, police. That's better than criminal charges or a lawsuit after something really bad happens."

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OAKNYY September 22, 2012 at 01:52 AM
You don't know my life
AML September 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Michelle Cochran Firstly, it is my opinion, not a preaching. Secondly, you have made an incorrect assumption by stating that I will not tell the truth. You can drink responsibly, but to have a party for the purpose of simply drinking and getting drunk sends a bad message. Your analogy to young men & women in the military is not relevant. Since when does the military recruit 17 year olds & younger folks. Perhaps, you should check your facts. This was an under age drinking party. Perhaps your tune will change when your closest family member, spouse, or, child, dies at the hand of a drunk teenage driver as I have experienced, so what will you say then?
Iris September 24, 2012 at 04:57 AM
AML, I'm so sorry for your beloved's passing. Unfortunately, each school has a monthly cut off date so in my case and one of my kid's we started college at 17. Kids today at 17 are not mature as in my day. But kids in colleges do drink especially in college frats and sororities. I personally know five college students that have passed: Three from alcohol/drugs and two from suicide. I don't know how a parent teaches a child how to drink, but they should know to never leave their drink alone. If they're dancing, then throw the drink out. Girls should also NEVER walk alone in the evenings. Rapists are always roaming colleges and in each of the girls bathrooms, there are pictures and descriptions of each one. If they go out together, whether with boys or girls, make sure there is one non drinker in their group. AML, hopefully your words will at least help others understand. G-D Bless you~~~
Bob Mc September 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I'm not sure you realize the irony of your post.
Bob Mc September 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Sorry Reader, not every teenager drinks. Some of them don't need to drink to feel "cool" or popular. The good parents are NOT the ones that accept and condone this behavior. The good parents are the ones that know that many teens "party" (i.e. engage in illegal behavior) and take steps to ensure that their children are not involved in these situations that could cause criminal records, injuries, or deaths. They do this despite how "sick" the party was, according to their kids. Just sayin'.
Bob Mc September 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
And you shouldn't be boasting about it. You have nothing of which to be proud. The number of things that could have gone terribly wrong here are numerous. Enjoy your day in juvenile court - I'm sure this will look great on your college transcripts.
Bob Mc September 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM
@John - We have to charge them with a crime because there are no longer any consequences for these juvenile delinquents other than police and courts of law. A significant number of parents don't force their children to take responsibility for their actions, leaving it to teachers, police, and judges to be the enforcers in this regard. And your comment bears that out - what you're implying is that these kids should just be forgiven for this mistake - one that could have resulted in various tragedies. The bottom line is that a criminal act was committed, for which there are consequences. You would hope other teens learn from this lesson - but they never do.
Bob Mc September 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM
@FLOWyouthVOICE - Well, since you invited it, I'll say it - you're ignorant. You're such a typical teenager, assuming that adults are too incredibly clueless to think that their teens are drinking. We all know what goes on but too many adults condone it in order to seem like the "cool" parents. Claiming that this area breeds "party animals" does not justify the situation. And the strict parents are at least attempting to guide their kids into something more constructive. But please, enjoy your carefree slacker lifestyle while it lasts, champ. Reality will hit you square in the face when it turns out that being able to shotgun a beer doesn't get you much when you're adult - other than a future DWI conviction.
Michelle September 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Aml Mayb you should not be so quick to judge, because I have experienced it as well. Maybe you should try less "fact checking" and try a little more understanding. You missed all of my points.
AML September 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Thank you so much Iris!
AML September 24, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Michele I did not miss any of your points. You cannot admit that you are wrong; therefore, you are telling me to perform less "fact checking." You were the one who compared the age of drinking to the age of our men & women in the military. I did not have to do any checking, as it is common knowledge. You opened up the can of worms, not I. How ironic that you are telling me to be understanding when you were accusatory & judgemental in your post when you stated that either way I would lie with respect to whether I had any children. You do not even know me, and you prejudged me without having provided me the opportunity to first answer your question. So, are you not judging me? The truth must hurt, so to use the other word you used in your post, please practice what you PREACH.
Michelle September 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I don't believe Im wrong. And i never said you were wrong either. I just disagreed. As for the military comment, it was a simple point I was referring to regarding age and responsibility. I'm not the one posting how people should be parenting and punishing their children. From your previous self righteous posts it seems to me that you are the one from the "me" generation. I believe we parents are all doing the best we can, AML. I would never judge you or anyone else for that matter for something your child did. It's a tough world. And kids make mistakes. Does not mean they are bad kids for it. Underage drinking is not something I support, but unfortunately it is out there and as a parent I need to be realistic and educate them and let them know about the consequences. Btw, this article stated nothing about drinking and driving. Something that I firmly have no tolerance for. End of discussion
KGB September 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM
AML - let's re-visit some adjectives from your first post: you are "classless and dumb" not to mention completely hypocritical and sadly out of touch. "Truth must hurt". Your posts are judgemental and out of line. If your way worked for you when you were young - good for you and your parents...but according to statistics you're in the minority. No parent WANTS their teen to drink but unfortunately it happens. All we can do is the best we can and hope to avoid as much damage as possible. We aren't going to catch them all the time and some mistakes will continue to happen bc they're kids. But this is not a new problem and it's certainly not going to get solved on the Patch today. What would satisfy your unquenchable thirst for blood on the matter - a public display of punishment? You don't know if these kids were punished or not at home. You're assuming and unfairly passing judgement on people you don't know. I know many of them and they too have donated countless hours of their own time and money to underprivileged people and other charitable efforts. Some of them also mentor kids just like you did. But again, you wouldn't know that bc you don't know them or their families. You are just using this as a forum to revel in your own self-important glory days as a teen. You can't inspire the masses with hypocrisy AML and you certainly aren't someone who "practices what you preach"...at least not with regard to this matter.
AML September 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I am free to express my opinion, regardless of whether you agree or not. You are twisting my words by stating "unquenchable thirst for blood on the matter" because my parenting style is different than yours. I am not using this as you so ridiculously stated “to revel in your own self-important glory days as a teen." I know many teenagers who respect their parents and do not resort to lying as they were raised perhaps a little more strictly than what you perceive to be the norm of today. I am proud of how I was raised, how my children have been raised, & I certainly do not need to apologize to you for my beliefs. If that does not fit your ideal/cookie cutter way of today's parenting, well I guess that is just too bad. Perhaps you have not yet mastered the art of reading as the box located at the bottom of the Patch explicitly states "LEAVE A COMMENT." It does not state that one cannot express one's opinion because it is a requirement to have first-hand knowledge of all of the participants involved with the story. It also does not state only positive comments allowed. Since you are taking one's comments on such a personal level, perhaps you are the parent of one of the participants of this article. Good luck with raising your children & have a nice day! I will no longer exert my energy in answering your posts since you obviously do not value the "freedom of speech," or, one's opinion.
KGB September 26, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Wrong again freedom fighter - I value free speech just not ignorant free speech. You started it with your "classless and dumb" comment and now you're mad bc it came around to bite you. Well the truth hurts doesn't it. You shouldn't open your mouth about people you don't know.Here's some expressive free speech for ya - you should pick up drinking - it might make you more likeable. I'm done here.
Ed September 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I find it interesting that those defending the kids constantly refer to them as "making a mistake." A mistake is NOT the conscious, willing decision to do wrong.They KNOW the drinking age is 21, they KNOW they are NOT 21 but commit the act anyway. That is called thrill-seeking and/or stupidity. There is no difference between that and shoplifting where one goes in to a store, consciously knowing that they have no intention of paying for anything yet proceed to steal anyway. A mistake is incorrectly coming up with the wrong answer while trying to solve a math problem or doing something incorrectly unintentionally. I don't know any of the kids or letter writers but it's just too easy to classify ALL wrongdoing as a mistake. As for KGB, what kind of comment is "I value free speech just not ignorant free speech." Free speech is FREE SPEECH whether you think so or not and if you, on your throne or greatness and intelligence, can't value ALL free speech, then you really don't know English all that well. It's pretty sad that the only "free speech" you value are from those who agree with your opinions or from the fool in the mirror.
AML September 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thank you Ed for your wonderful post! I could not have said it any better! Have a great day!
maria September 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM
i don't think you can assume that ALL of the teenagers there were making the "conscious, willing decision to do wrong." i bet some of the kids went there simply because their friends were and didn't drink at all. most of the kids probably went because it was the "cool" place to be and all of their friends were going; and, with that mentality, that IS making a mistake-- letting your peers guide your decision making process. for a lot of the kids i bet it was a poor judgment call of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. i don't think they knowingly went in with the idea that they were going to do wrong and, unless they were planning on stealing something from the host's house, i don't see how you can make the leap to comparing them to shoplifters. the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that controls impulses and decision making, is extremely underdeveloped in teens, so many of them literally cannot imagine the consequences of their behavior. this results in the tendency of more teenagers than any other age group to participate in reckless behavior, such as speeding while driving. yes, teens know that they have to be 21 to drink according to the law, but many if not most of them cannot see why that is until something bad specifically happens to them or someone they know. they are not deliberately trying to hurt themselves or others, which is the definition of wrongdoing. consequently it was a mistake that many kids made, and i hope they learned from it.
John A. Unglert September 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I would like to interject one thing here. My brother started drinking in high school, Ramapo. He was one of the "cool kids" of the day. He died of pancreatitis before he reached 30 from his cronic drinking. In business he was also one of the "up and coming stars". My parents and his siblings did not the amount he drank, but it did kill him, in a very slow, painful, death. I sat in that hospital room with him for many ights as his pancreas digested him from the inside out. Now I have known others who have had similar "stories". Did I go to some drinking parties in HS. Yes. And I got caught by some who became very close to me. Sgt. Ray Whitford was one. And I valued his friendship for many many years. My point being is that many trajic results can be in the works, in the future, even is not caught in the act. And many things can change when you're caught and the proper guidance comes from the courts. Take it for what its worth.
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Thanks for sharing, John. Stories like that can make a big difference in how people see issues like this.
NLTITAN September 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
John - did you graduate in 1969??
NLTITAN September 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Hey guys - isn't this getting out of hand - enough already!! You bring up your children and they get to a certain age and that is all you can do! Fortunately mine ended up the way I hoped!!
NLTITAN September 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Let's get back to the CHCC or the Shop Rite!! ONLY KIDDING!!!! I do have one thing to say - these excuses with parking and St. E's - why wasn't it a problem when the A&P, Walgreens, Leslie Pool's, The Motor Vehicle were there! I never heard of any traffic problems!!!
John A. Unglert September 27, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Linda C. - Yes I did
John A. Unglert September 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Thanks Joe. Very much !
John A. Unglert September 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I am all for ShopRite !
Judy October 01, 2012 at 04:40 AM
What does the price of their sneakers in the first grade have to do with anything? Just because these kids are from Wyckoff doesn't mean they are all spoiled, and even if they are, that's not what led to the party being thrown. You sound extremely ignorant writing things like that considering they have no relation to the story. Also your kids were probably losers if they didn't go out and party, it wasn't your "good parenting" keeping them from doing it. GET REAL HONEY.
Lumberjack Jones January 04, 2013 at 09:38 PM
this is an outrageous and unwarranted comment
NLTITAN January 04, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Why is this back on the Patch - it is from Sept?????????????
Lumberjack Jones January 05, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Hey Linds... I thought this girl was a legend so her party needed to be brought up again!!!!!

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