SE Kansas Teens Fight Parent-hosted Booze Parties

The Baxter Springs High School students have formed Team TASH, for Teens Against Social Hosting. They want a local law that would hold property owners responsible if minors consume alcohol on their property.

(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) _ High school students in southeast
Kansas are taking a stand against adults who host gatherings where
minors have access to alcohol.
The practice is called ``social hosting.''

The Baxter Springs High School students have formed Team TASH, for Teens Against Social Hosting. They want a local law that would hold property owners responsible if minors consume alcohol on their property.

Senior Anthony Nelson cited a study that found 33 percent of teenagers saying they had used alcohol within the past month.

Last week Nelson told city council members that some parents have signed ``not in our house'' pledges to prevent underage drinking on their property.

Nelson said he can't be certain that social hosting is a problem in Baxter Springs, but the group wants to create awareness.

The council took no immediate action.
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