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Originally published: 2014-04-17 15:53:37
Last modified: 2014-04-17 15:53:37

Our View: Local partnership crafts memories to last lifetime

Good preparation breeds success, but on Saturday, when the stakes were higher than that and preparing meant safeguarding dozens of Watauga High School students, local law enforcement and community businesses showcased a preparation partnership to be proud of.

The nature of high school proms opens them to a lifetime of memories. Sadly, not all of those memories are good -- accidents or intentional actions by misguided youths, or business owners willing to "look the other way," can lead to incidents no one would wish to remember.

This year, for the second consecutive year, the Boone Police Department and other local law enforcement took a proactive stance in preparing for Watauga High School's prom. 

Officers and deputies received extra training about underage drinking, and then shared that training with local businesses. They also spread the message Saturday, the day of the prom, of increasing awareness of underage drinking and how to prevent it. Taking one step further, officers also approached high school students with that message, in addition to tracking keg purchases which may have been headed for local after-prom parties.

The result? Zero incidents as reported by a Saturday checkpoint and impromptu visits to area businesses that night, according to a school resource officer.

That result is a record to be proud of -- and one to remember when the next prom rolls around.