Senior Beach Week is a popular June event in the DC Metro area in which many area graduates and other young people take to area beaches in celebration. Unfortunately, it’s a tradition associated with an increased incidence of binge drinking, underage drinking, unprotected sex, and illicit drug use. A 25-year old Bethesda Soccer Club coach spent Beach Week at Dewey Beach and wound up in hot water this year, arrested on 18 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, among others. He also faces several charges of maintaining a dwelling for the use of illegal drugs, providing alcohol to underage people and disorderly use of a dwelling. All of the charges stem from a party that the coach, Nino Marcantonio, allegedly sponsored for several recent graduates and their friends.
If you or your child is planning a Beach Week celebration this season, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers these suggestions for enjoying the trip without running afoul of the law, or putting yourself or others in danger:
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