43 Students Charged With Underage Drinking At Arlington House Party

10:26 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Arlington County Police say 43 high school students were charged with underage drinking at a party over the weekend. 

Police responded to a report of a loud party on Saturday at about 9:40 p.m. in the 3500 block of N. Nottingham Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood. 

When teens saw the officer approach the home a large group began running, jumping over fences and others began throwing beer cans and bottles at the officer, Arlington County Police Department spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck said. 

According to Sternbeck, backup units arrived and officers were able to round up 43 teens between the ages of 15 and 18, all charged with underage consumption of alcohol. 

The Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy released the following statement following the incident:

"We were disheartened to learn about the events last Saturday. We are committed to continuing to collaborate with our community partners, such as Arlington's READY Coalition, to provide a strong network of support for parents and families that will help our students make good choices in school and in life for their health and well-being."

No charges were filed against the homeowners who were not home at the time of the incident, Sternback said. 

Attached is a letter that Arlington Public Schools plan to send home to high school students this week. 

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