What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
Michelle and Bryan Schirado, the South Dakota couple who were arrested earlier this month for hosting an underage drinking party in their home, learned that their trial will be held on October 25 this year.
According to KDLT news, the couple face two misdemeanor charges each and both provide “a possible penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Their lawyer appeared in court Wednesday to plead not guilty on the Schirados’ behalf.”
The case is notable because Michelle Schirado was president of her local school board at the time the party was held. The Schirados have consistently stated they are innocent of all charges. For that reason, Michelle Schirado has not resigned nor been removed from her current position. The parents from the community have made statements in support of the Schirados’ innocence.
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.