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Teen Center Joint Statement

In addition, the group discussed the ongoing effort to combat teenage consumption of alcohol.  In attendance were:

Greenwich First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei
Head of School at Greenwich Academy, Molly King
Headmaster at Brunswick School, Tom Philip
Headmaster at Greenwich High School, Chris Winters
Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Greenwich Teen Center, Eunice Burnett
Executive Director of the Greenwich Teen Center, Kyle Silver
Greenwich Police Chief, Jim Heavey
Deputy Director of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Jim Syrotiak
Connecticut State Senator, Scott Frantz

On February 23, roughly 400 students attended the Arch Street Dance at the Greenwich Teen Center.  As is consistent with Teen Center policies, no students were allowed to enter the facility with any food or drink.  In addition, coats and bags were left in a secure coatroom downstairs.  Unfortunately, 5 students arrived at the Dance needing medical attention due in part to alcohol consumption.  According to Teen Center and GEMS procedures, these students were then transported to the emergency room by ambulance for evaluation and observation.  One container of alcohol at the Teen Center was confiscated outside the Arch Street Dance.  There were 28 highly-trained staff and volunteers supervising the event.

The Greenwich Teen Center contracts with GEMS to be pre-positioned for every event.  This practice is consistent with what other sports and community organizations provide for events in case immediate medical attention is needed for any reason.  The Teen Center is a safe and secure location for youth to have fun in the Town of Greenwich.  In the future, there will be enhanced communication and collaboration between all institutions and organizations that serve the youth of Greenwich, working towards the shared goal of keeping teens safe and helping them make smart decisions.

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