Every June thousands of high school graduates from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and other places converge on Ocean City, Maryland for a week-long celebration free of parents, structure and rules. Every year during this time teens are arrested, cars are impounded, tickets are issued and alcohol induced fights and assaults occur. Parents are dragged out of their beds in the middle of the night to pick up their kids, bail them out of jail or meet them at the hospital.
HC DrugFree's "Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City" program is designed to give parents and students the information they need in order to enjoy a SAFE week at the beach. Joining HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, will be Ocean City Police Department Corporal Howard Caplan and Ocean City Beach Patrol Sergeant James McVey (also a Howard County middle school teacher). Corporal Caplan will speak to parents and teens about underage drinking and drug laws, signing leases, inspecting rental units for damage, calling home frequently and other issues he has seen in his years with the Ocean City Police Department. Caplan will talk to the audience about how OCPD increases its numbers during that time, how something as small as jaywalking can earn a citation, and also how unnecessary it is for the teens to have a car with them at the beach. Sergeant McVey will discuss beach and ocean safety, including drinking on the beach. He will use his years of experience with the Beach Patrol to talk about simple things like using enough sunblock, to the more difficult things like how to identify rip currents and how to get out of one.
Again, we encourage all parents who are considering allowing their teens to go to Senior Week to attend this program with their teens.
For more information, please contact HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or Joan@hcdrugfree.org.