Matthew J. King, Chief of Police
500 Great Road,
Littleton, MA 01460
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Littleton Police Offer Safety Tips Ahead of High School Graduation
LITTLETON — With students and their families looking forward to tomorrow’s high school commencement ceremony, Chief Matthew Pinard and the Littleton Police Department would like to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly and safely.
The Littleton High School graduation will take place on Friday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.
“Graduation is an exciting time for both seniors and their loved ones,” Chief Pinard said. “My hope is that, by following these basic tips, everyone will have fun celebrating this great accomplishment.”
Students, please remember:
- Do not feel pressured to drink or use drugs. Anyone under 21 years old who possesses alcohol can face a number of repercussions, including fines and the loss of your license.
- Never get in a car with anyone who has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs. The costs of doing so are often tragic and irreversible.
- Respect yourself and others. Know your boundaries and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you or someone you know is a threat to their own safety or the safety of others. The law protects you in the event that you need to call for help on behalf of a friend.
- Don’t hesitate to call your parents or another trusted adult if you feel you need them for any reason.
- Put your phone down while driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a split second, is extremely dangerous.
Parents can help their students celebrate appropriately. Chief Pinard recommends that adults:
- Know your teenager’s plans. Find out where your student is going, who they’re with and what they’ll be doing.
- Offer to either drive your graduate to and from parties, or provide them with money for a ride home.
- Set firm guidelines and expectations for post-ceremony celebrations. Establish a reasonable curfew and check in periodically.
- If you’re hosting the party, provide non-alcoholic beverages and do not tolerate alcohol or drugs on your property. Keep alcohol at home in a locked cabinet. Under the Social Host Law, parents can be criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur inside their home.
- Keep an eye out for students bringing in backpacks or large purses and unsealed drink bottles, which could be used to conceal alcohol. Put guests’ belongings in a room and watch out for those who may be going into their bags to retrieve alcohol or drugs that could have slipped past you at the door.
- Party crashers should be turned away, as the greater the number of guests at your residence, the harder it will be to maintain a controlled environment.
- At the same time, if an invited guest arrives intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, be prepared to call the person’s parents and/or the police. Alert adults to your rules before the celebration so they are aware of the consequences if their teen becomes a problem.