5 Teens Hospitalized After Arriving Drunk At Greenwich Dance

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GREENWICH, Conn. – Five teens were hospitalized Saturday after showing up highly intoxicated at a dance at the Greenwich Teen Center on Arch Street, according to a news release from the first selectman's office.

Wednesday afternoon, a meeting to discuss the incident was held by First Selectman Peter Tesei; the heads of Greenwich High, Brunswick School and Greenwich Academy; Eunice Burnett, chair of the Greenwich Teen Center; Kyle Silver, executive director of the Teen Center; Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey; Jim Syrotiak, deputy director of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services; and state Sen. L. Scott Frantz.

About 400 students attended Saturday's dance, which was open to all public and private high school students in Greenwich, according to the release. The Teen Center does not allow outside food or drink to be brought into the facility, and coats and bags are left in a secure coatroom.

Five students arrived at the dance needing medical attention due in part to alcohol consumption, according to the release. The students were taken to the emergency room by ambulance for evaluation.

According to the Greenwich emergency dispatch log, ambulances were sent to the Teen Center at 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 10:38 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.

One container of alcohol was confiscated outside the Teen Center. The event was supervised by 28 staff members and volunteers.

"The Teen Center is a safe and secure location for youth to have fun in the Town of Greenwich," the release said. "In the future, there will be enhanced communication and collaboration between all institutions and organizations that serve the youth of Greenwich, working towards the shared goal of keeping teens safe and helping them make smart decisions."

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