What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
Miss California Teen USA, Alexa Jones, an 18-year-old minor, was arrested last month under San Diego County’s Social Host Law for allegedly permitting another minor to drink alcohol in a private residence.
San Diego’s News 10 broke the news about Jones’ May 5 arrest earlier today.
Jones, who just finished her freshman year at Cal State San Marcos, has been considered a remarkable young woman for many reasons. She was crowned Miss California Teen USA in January 2012 just two months after her father’s death in a car accident. According to The Pageant Planet, Jones said, “…I knew my dad would want me to push through my grief.”
Jones received the President’s Volunteer Service Award-Gold for her work with several charities, including American Cancer Society, Susan G Komen and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
While the details of her arrest have remained sketchy, we wonder about the application of the Social Host Law in these circumstances. Meant as an additional measure to protect minors from the negative aspects of alcohol consumption, it’s being applied to punish one minor for not preventing another minor’s drinking. Miss Jones has not been charged with serving alcohol, buying alcohol or even consuming it.
Isn’t it time we made up our minds as a society about our goals with these laws? Are they meant to protect minors or to punish them? Can anyone explain to us why arresting an accomplished young woman like Alexa Jones protects her or her party guests in any way. All we see is the tarnishing of a reputation and the asterisk that will forever appear next to her name in pageant records.