The problem here is that parents are getting way to busy and trusting those that cannot be trusted. Another example of this phenomenon: Patricia Hartwell.
Lexington County deputies have taken a woman into custody who they say hosted alcohol and sex parties for teenagers.
Deputies arrested 46-year-old Patricia Hartwell. She’s charged with six counts of transferring beer to a minor, five counts of transferring liquor to a minor and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Deputies say the parties were for students at White Knoll High School, and these parties happened regularly over a two-year period. Investigators say Hartwell encouraged boys and girls to have sex at her apartment, which is located near the school.
Sheriff James Metts says some of the teens involved were as young as 14 years old.
“It’s possible that hundreds of kids were involved,” Metts says.
Officers say in addition to alcohol and drugs, Hartwell provided birth control pills. Metts says the pills were given without the consent of parents.
Deputies say the investigation began August 14 when a parent said her daughter had gotten drunk and had her first sexual experience at one of these parties.
Now, I’m certainly willing to say that parents cannot monitor their childrens activities 24/7. That kind of life would not be something that either party would desire. What I am saying is that parents need to be a little more involved in where their children are, what they are doing, and whom they are doing it with. We no longer can trust teachers and other children’s parents (unfortunately) to provide a safe environment for our kids.
And it’s a problem that we have created ourselves. With the incidence of two parents working making it so that teens have more and more time that they are not under parental supervision in conjuction with the fact that they are being taught things that are powerful (sex, drugs, etc) in school when they’re not ready to handle it we’re playing with fire and bound to get burnt.