WINTER PARK, Fla. - Spring break, prom, and soon, graduation. This is the time of year that teenagers have a lot to celebrate.
But one father has a big warning after five teens were sent to the hospital after an all-night house party.
The party now could bring serious consequences, not just for the teens, but the homeowners who were there at the time.
This happens more than we'd like to think, but under Florida law, if anyone younger than 21 is caught drinking alcohol at a party inside your home or on your property, you could be arrested and charged under Florida’s “open house party” law.
If one parent has his way, that’s exactly what he'd like to see happen. His teen was one of the more than 100 at a party in Winter Park on Friday. The parent asked not to be identified.
A 16-year-old hosted the party where, deputies said, kids were drinking and taking Xanax.
Orange County deputies who broke up the party said the parents, who were home at the time, said they were sleeping as the soiree raged throughout the night.
Some parents aren’t buying the explanation.
“How could you sleep through 100 people? That means they're inside and out,” said one parent.
Under Florida law, the homeowners could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor and face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. However, deputies say the homeowners have not been brought up on charges at this point.