Kids Caught Drinking Cause District to Alter Ridgewood's Project Graduation

Eight grads were found with alcohol at this year's all-night graduation party, report says.

Past Ridgewood Graduation. Credit: Christopher Costa.
Past Ridgewood Graduation. Credit: Christopher Costa.

District officials say the Ridgewood High School Class of 2015 will see changes in its Project Graduation all-night gala, thanks to eight kids who were cited for underage drinking at the event this year, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, cops removed the recent grads from the overnight party, releasing seven to their parents and sending one to Valley Hospital.

Superintendent Daniel Fishbein said he will ask the police  to charge the new graduates, who can no longer receive punishment in school, the report said. The students are all 18-years-old, the report said.

Immediately after the school's June 24 graduation ceremony, students were taken by bus to a dinner/dance. After that, they were then given time to change out of their white dresses and tuxes before arriving at Ben Franklin Middle School on their own for Project Graduation, the report said.

Next year, Fishbein told NorthJersey.com grads will be taken directly from the dance to the all-night party and allowed to change there, reducing the possibility of the teens acquiring alcohol between the two events. 

50yrsinthewood July 04, 2014 at 04:16 PM
As if this is the first year that this has happened. It happens every year, and usually starts at the pre-grad parties.
RHS 12 July 05, 2014 at 03:33 PM
This has happened every year that Project Graduation has been in existence. You're either kidding yourself or underestimating the creativity of your children if you think removing the 30-minute window is going to do anything to stop drinking. However, what's more dangerous: a pack of beer consumed beforehand or a flask of 190-proof Everclear snuck into the event in its place? Because all this is going to lead to is kids finding more dangerous ways to drink. Anyways, it seems Fishbein clearly doesn't understand the purpose of public education - to provide opportunities and set people up for a successful future. Insisting on giving these students a black mark on their record over a victimless "crime" runs counter to that. At this point, it just seems petty and vengeful, but I guess that is to be expected from the school system.


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