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Drunk Teens Pass Out in Cold After Leaving Essex Fells Party

Police say boys -- including a 15 year-old from Maplewood -- were hospitalized for treatment of alcohol poisoning, hypothermia. Vodka was snuck into party attended by more than 100 teens with parent home.


Two teenage boys were hospitalized Saturday night after they drank too much at a party in Essex Fells and apparently passed out in the cold, police officials said.

The boys, a 15-year-old from Maplewood and a 14-year-old from Whippany, were treated for alcohol poisoning and hypothermia, Essex Fells Chief Vincent Kulik said Monday.

Someone snuck bottles of vodka through the basement of a house where more than a 100 teens had congregated while the mother was at home, Kulik said.

“When she realized that they had booze there, she started throwing them out,” he said.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 8:41 p.m. and discovered the boys passed out in the snow. They were transported to the hospital by the West Essex First Aid Squad.

The chief said the teens had been outside for some time.

He added, teenagers and alcohol are a hazardous mix.

“These kids can’t handle this booze and it’s dangerous — very, very dangerous,” he said.

Lee Navlen February 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Every parent needs to share this article with their children. Beyond scary.
Mary Ann Uschak February 12, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Essex Fells is a beautiful town. Sometimes affluent kids think they're above everything......
Lee Navlen February 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM
This situation happens to affluent kids, poor kids and kids in the middle. The parent did not know the kids had been drinking and I'm guessing she was not aware that at least two of the children were totally hammered. In throwing them out, she felt she was doing the right thing but clearly, as it stands, this decision nearly killed two children. I'm not sure what her response should have been.
Bea Locke-Finkel February 12, 2013 at 08:11 PM
This is just so sad.
MillionMomMarch February 12, 2013 at 08:58 PM
What kind of a mother allows a congregation of 100 teens in her home. What kind.
Lisa McFarlin February 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM
She should have invited parents with that many kids. This need to be looked into. Praying kids are ok.
CJV February 13, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Hopefully the police continue their investigation. The mother's words cannot be merely accepted as truthful without some corroboration. Her home was the scene of crimes, and she was there. There are some parents who enable underage alcohol consumption in their homes on the theory the kids will drink anyway and it is safer for them to do it in a private home.
Bea I. February 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Because I know this mother so well, it breaks my heart to see such wrong judgement passed. Face it, her home was disrespected. Period. If she was one of these parents that hosts such parties, the kids would have never been asked to leave and she would have never contacted the police. The party lasted under an hour and a half before she had to deal with such terrible behavior. Where did these children get their hands on the alcohol that was brought into her home is the real question?? They could have never bought it themselves. And she was serving pizza, wings and soda! Which was completely untouched because by the time it was delivered she had already realized w3hat had happened. So please, parents. These children should be punished. Not the parent that the alcohol was concealed from. And once again, where did they get it?? When was it even consumed?? She is under the impression that it had to have been consumed before they got there for the teens to be so intoxicated in such a short period of time. . She was home the whole time and these were new kids to her also because her son just entered highschool. She was actually surprised that only 2 parents asked if she would even be home considering they did not know her either. That's most telling. This was supposed to be a small gathering for her son's new friends. And she opened her home. Something she has vowed to never do again without knowing who their parents are.
Bea I. February 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
And for the record the police determined right there and then that she was unsuspecting. As did the authorities at her son's school.

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