West Jessamine High School will host the Jessamine County social-host forum on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m.
The forum will include a gathering of forces — including concerned citizens and parents of teenagers, law-enforcement officials, school administrators, and even mental-health-care workers — all with a common mission: to protect teenagers and the general public from the tragic consequences of underage drinking.
The forum is open to the public and will include a discussion and question-and-answer session regarding Jessamine County’s social-host ordinance, created by retired police officer John Branscum and passed by Jessamine County Fiscal Court and city of Nicholasville in fall 2011. During the forum, organizers will provide a partial reading of the ordinance. Afterwards, local law enforcement officials, school administrators and teachers, and mental health care workers as well as Jessamine County Fiscal Court and Jessamine County Health Department representatives will answer questions posed by forum participants.
According to Jessamine County’s social-host Ordinance, it is a Class B misdemeanor for adults who knowingly host a party that includes underage drinking. Depending on the circumstances, violators will receive a fine of $250 and/or up to 90 days in jail; in some cases, violators will also be held responsible for the cost of the required law enforcement response.