Holding young adults accountable

It seems like every time a large party full of underage drinkers is busted in Minot, the same, tired discussions begin.

– Must have been a slow night for the police department.

– It’s just kids being kids.

– Who among us didn’t do something similar when we were young?

Such was the case this past weekend, when police responded to a complaint about a loud party in northwest Minot. After no one would answer the door, police obtained a warrant and searched the residence. The result: 27 juveniles and 37 adults arrested, with 71 charges filed ranging from unlawful consumption of alcohol to disorderly conduct. Six adults were taken to the Ward County Jail due to their level of intoxication.

We’re sure the debate about the necessity of charging minors with unlawful consumption of alcohol and any other discussion of letting kids be kids will continue.

And, yes, we know it wasn’t the first party busted and it certainly won’t be the last. And yes, we know all about putting ourselves in similar situations when we were young, and we know that young adults could be engaging in much more dangerous behavior than drinking alcohol. But none of that excuses underage drinking.

We must also point out that not every young adult is engaging in such behavior; plenty of area teens spent Saturday night involved in healthy, legal activities, including some who were at work and others who were, no doubt, at home doing school work. Good for them.

Getting arrested for underage consumption, appearing in court, paying a fine and having your name published in this newspaper’s listing of court proceedings certainly isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young adult nowadays, but it shouldn’t be seen as any sort of badge of honor, either. It should be seen for exactly what it is: A case of bad judgment by some young adults who should be held accountable for their actions.