What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
In less than a year, three school board members have been charged with permitting minors to drink in their home. The latest is Harrisburg, South Dakota’s Michelle Schirado, who handed out high school diplomas one day and hosted a bonfire/graduation party for her own daughter the next. Whether she and her husband Bryan Schirado knew if the teens were drinking or not will be a matter for the courts to decide. In May, when police cited 25 teens for drinking, the Schirados both stated they were shocked to learn of the drinking. Michelle Schirado, who was chair of the school board at the time, told ABC KSFY-TV that underage drinking is never permitted in her home.
Local police took their time investigating the incident and interviewing the teens before indicting the Schirados. The party was busted May 13 and the Schirados were arrested Monday night. According to The Argus Leader, the Schirado’s defense lawyer, Clint Sargent, said his clients will “vigorously defend against these charges.” They have good reason to do so. The charges are class 1 misdemeanors and conviction can mean serving up to a year in the county jail.