Police: Teen, parents likely to face charges after party forced school to switch to remote learning

A Massachusetts school is delaying its hybrid in-person learning after a student hosted a party in violation of COVID-19 rules


By Norman Miller
MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Mass.

SUDBURY, Mass. — The teen who hosted a large underage drinking party last weekend that led to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School switching the start of its school year to all remote learning will likely face criminal charges, authorities said.

The teen's parents, the owners of the property where the incident occurred, are also being targeted.

Police Chief Scott Nix did not release the names of those likely to be charged because police have not yet filed a complaint in Framingham District Court.

"I can say we're strongly looking at filing the charges against those it would be applicable against," he told the Daily News on Friday.

The charges would be violating the social host law. Nix said it would likely include both the parents and the teen who hosted the party.

When police arrived at the party last Friday, more than a dozen partygoers escaped into nearby woods. Several at the party — police estimated there to be 50 to 60 in all — gave police false names, Nix told the Board of Selectmen during its weekly meeting on Tuesday.

Police are still seeking to identify several of the teens.

The party also showed signs that the teens were drinking and smoking marijuana. Several teens also threatened violence against the four officers who broke up the party, Nix said during the selectmen's meeting.

Because so many of the partygoers could not be identified, Superintendent of Schools Bella Wong announced last week that the planned hybrid opening of the high school had been changed to full remote. She said the decision was made after discussions with the Board of Health.

Students will now have fully remote classes until Sept. 29, before it switches to the hybrid model.

Nix said during the selectmen's meeting that there was no evidence anyone was wearing a mask. Police have not issued anyone the $500 fine allowed for violating state social distancing laws and hosting a party of such a large size.

"This (the party) is a very unfortunate, inappropriate decision made by a lot of people," Nix said.

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