Over 400 High School Students Sent Home by GPD from Teen Center Dance

Once again this year, the Red and White Ball held at the Arch Street Teen Center, was marred by an incident. This year, the dance, held last weekend, was so unruly as to be shut down by the Greenwich Police Department for public safety reasons.

Approximately 450 GHS students attended the dance, held on February 5. GPD was dispatched to the Teen Center, located at 100 Arch St. on a report of an unconscious female. When police arrived they discovered numerous heavily intoxicated youths, six of whom had to be transported to the Greenwich Hospital Emergency Room and one of whom was arrested.

Determining that the event was out of control, the police shut down the event, and escorted all of the over 400 teens to the Island Beach parking lot and stayed with the youths until each of them was picked up by a parent or guardian.

Isn’t it time the Teen Center adopted the same system used at Greenwich High School dances — a breathalyzer test before entering the dance?

The next Teen Center dance is scheduled for this coming Saturday, February 12, according to the Arch Street website.