Wareham Police Department Offers Tips For Students And Parents on Prom Safety:
Police Chief Kevin D. Walsh and the Wareham Police Department are working to make sure that prom season and related activities are positive experiences for students and parents.
This year, the Wareham High School Senior Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th.
While prom can be one of the most memorable and exciting nights for students, it’s likely one of the most nerve-wracking for parents. Chief Walsh encourages adults to talk about the potential dangers of the night with their children.
“We never want students to be in a situation where they feel unsafe,” Chief Walsh said. “By keeping the dialogue open between parents and their children, we can help ensure that students attending prom can do so in a healthy, fun manner that leads to happy memories.”
Tips for students to stay safe before and after the prom:
- Think responsibly: Don’t feel pressured to drink, smoke, or use drugs on prom night. It’s OK to say no, even if others are participating.
- Travel safely: According to the Center for Disease Control, teenage drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Always wear a seat belt, no matter how short the trip.
- Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking
- Don’t be afraid to tell a family member, friend, or call 911 if you or someone you know is abused or in danger.
Chief Walsh added that School Resource Officer Karl Baptiste will be present at the prom site and can be called by parents or students at 508-326-0939 for any reason.
Parents can play a large role in helping their children have a safe, yet memorable evening.
- Communicate: Speak to your son or daughter and get students’ itineraries for the evening, including whom they will be with, where they’ll be going before and after the prom, and the phone numbers of where you can contact them. Come to a fair decision on a curfew and express any concerns about their health and safety. If students are not coming home right after prom, set up check-in times throughout the night and the following morning.
- Plan ahead: After prom parties should be adult supervised. Students are recommended to always go with a buddy and notify parents or guardians where they’ll be and how to reach them.
- Adults should not let teens drink at home, even if no one plans to drive and keys are confiscated. Parents are criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes.
- Be available: Let students know they can call you at any time for help, advice or a ride, with the promise to not shame or embarrass them in front of others.
“Parents can help ease their concerns with prom by working with their children to ensure no matter the situation, they can call home for help. Students are more apt to reach out to adults if they’re assured their actions will not be reprimanded in front of their peers,” Chief Walsh said.
Chief Walsh and the Wareham Police Department hope these reminders and recommendations are strongly considered and followed in order to ensure the safest environment possible during prom season.