Solon PTA Kalahari fundraiser ends with teens arrested for drinking, drugs

12:08 AM, Jan 27, 2011   |    comments
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The Erie County Sheriff's department report said several hundred students and parents were at Kalahari when deputies and Huron firefighters were called at 12:13 a.m. for a Solon girl, 15, who had alcohol poisoning.

She allegedly drank most of a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka. EMS took her to Firelands Regional Medical Center and she was charged with underage drinking.

Firefighters also found an 18-year-old boy also from Solon who  had been drinking beer and deputies charged him with underage drinking. In both cases, the parents who were there supervising said they were unaware of the drinking.

Two hours later, deputies returned after a Kalahari guest complained to the resort's front desk that they smelled marijuana.

When they arrived at 2:24 a.m., the door to the room was open and the deputies walked in. In plain view, deputies found eight students in the room with a 24-pack of Coors Light, a bottle of vodka, a glass pipe and rolling papers, a roach and, allegedly, marijuana.

They charged five Solon boys, all 17, with underage drinking and possession of marijuana. One of them was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

They charged a Twinsburg girl, 17, and a Solon girl, 16, with underage drinking and possession of marijuana.

They charged another 18-year-old boy  with underage drinking and possession of marijuana.

Kalahari evicted the teens from their room and deputies stood by until the teens' parents came to pick them up.

It's the fourth year for the PTA's fund-raiser for scholarships for SHS seniors.

Solon schools spokeswoman Tami Strom tells Channel 3 News that it's unfortunate that students made poor choices and adults need to be diligent about keeping on eye on students and to encourage students to make good choices.

Strom said that, because the incidents did not happen on school property or was at a school event, she could not comment on whether or not students will be disciplined.


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