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Parental Liability & Child Curfew

Throughout the year, Lemont High School students are involved in a number of exciting social events, ranging from the Homecoming Dance, to Prom, to Graduation parties, among others. While these activities provide a great deal of enjoyment for students, many parents/guardians become concerned about the possibility of under-aged students consuming alcoholic beverages or partaking in drug use in association with these events.

Lemont High School's administration, faculty and staff share that concern, and work in collaboration with parents/guardians to help prevent celebratory events from resulting in tragedy. Lemont High School appreciates the willingness of parents/guardians as they give their children proper guidance.

Some parents/guardians have asked school administrators what they should do when they become aware of an upcoming party at which alcohol will be served. As a public service, Lemont High School and the Lemont Police Department have established a method by which this information may be reported. Parents/guardians may reach School Resource Officer Det. Robert Keane at (630) 243-3229, or via e-mail by clicking on his name. Parents/guardians are encouraged to report such activities, or to ask related questions. It is in the interest of prevention that this service is provided.

Adults who furnish alcohol to minors face criminal and civil liability!

Parents/guardians are encouraged to review the following provisions of current state and local laws, which relate to parental liability in making alcohol available to minors. These citations are applicable to the sale of alcohol to a minor; as well as the possession and/or consumption of alcohol by a minor. The citations also apply to the aiding and abetting of such offenses by an adult.

While this list is not exhaustive, it details some of the most commonly applied laws in the area of underage drinking.

  1. No person, after purchasing or otherwise obtaining alcoholic liquor, shall sell, give or deliver such alcoholic liquor to another person under the age of 21 years, except in the performance of a religious ceremony or service [235 ILCS 5/6-16(a)]. A conviction under this law is punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor.
  2. Any person who rents a hotel or motel room from the proprietor or agent thereof, for the purpose of or with the knowledge that such room shall be used for the consumption of alcoholic liquor by persons under the age of 21 years, shall be guilty of a Class C Misdemeanor [235 ILCS 5/6-16(a-1)].
  3. The consumption of alcoholic liquor by any person under 21 years of age is forbidden (235 ILCS 5/6-20). A conviction under this law is punishable as a Class C Misdemeanor.
  4. Any person at least 21 years of age who pays for a hotel or motel room or facility knowing that the room or facility is to be used by any person under 21 years of age for the unlawful consumption of alcoholic liquors, and such consumption causes the intoxication of the person under 21 years of age, shall be liable to any person who is injured in person or property by the intoxicated person under 21 years of age (235 ILCS 5/6-21). The liability under this section is for monetary damages.
  5. The parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor who resides with such parent or legal guardian is liable for actual damages for the willful or malicious acts of such minor which cause injury to a person or property (740 ILCS 115/3). A minor is defined as a person who is above the age of 11 years but not yet 19 years of age. Recovery under this law is limited to $1,000 per complainant per occurrence. Litigation for common law damages based upon the actual amount of loss is not prohibited in a separate lawsuit.
  6. Any person under the age of 21 years who has any alcoholic beverage in his or her possession on any street or highway or in any public place or in any place open to the public is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor [235 ILCS 5/6-16(a)].
  7. Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law (625 ILCS 5/11-501).
  8. Contributing to the delinquency or criminal delinquency of a minor is against the law (720 ILCS 5/12C-30).

Child Curfew

In the Village of Lemont, it is unlawful for any person under 13 years of age to be or remain upon any street, alley or other public place between 9 p.m.-6 a.m., seven days a week, unless such person is accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is unlawful for any person between 13-16 years of age to be or remain upon any street, alley or other public place between 11 p.m.-6 a.m., from Sunday-Thursday; and between 12 a.m.-6 a.m., Friday and Saturday; unless such person is accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no curfew for individuals ages 17 years and older. However, Illinois state law restricts individuals who are 16 or 17 years old from driving between the hours of 10 p.m.-6 a.m., from Sunday-Thursday; and between the hours of 11 p.m.-6 a.m., Friday and Saturday.