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SPECIAL: Parent Prom Perils
SPECIAL REPORT -- Prom season is upon us, but as your kids get ready for the night of their lives, parents need to be on alert.
If you provide alcohol to your kids, you could get into big trouble.
"Ah, that's so pretty," said Stormey Hunziker.
"Ooo this is a mermaid one," said Chastity Irwin.
"I love getting dolled up," said Autumn Hunziker.
"I live for it. Yeah, it's a special time, I love it," said Stormey.
"Oh Jessica, this is beautiful," said Irwin.
"We always come together. I would not dare buy a dress without her approval," said Jessica Waters.
Prom season is all about the glitz and glamor of the dress, makeup and hair.
"It's one of those things that you just look forward to, your junior and senior prom," said Waters.
"They're building memories and things that they'll always remember with their friends and shopping with their mom and it's an exciting time," said Stormey.
It's the night of their lives for high school juniors and seniors, but for parents, it can be a night of shocking consequences.
"There are strict criminal penalties if you do have kids drinking at your house," said Attorney Charles Roland, of Babb and Roland.
"Well, if I do it here at home they're at least in a safe environment kind of mentality, but you're not, you're enabling kids and you're enabling behaviors that they shouldn't be taking part in just yet," said Irwin.
But if you supply the booze to minors, it can land you six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
"Being arrested is never fun," said Roland, "Being arrested is one of the most horrible experiences anyone would ever have. And being arrested for this on top of everything else it goes right to who you are as a parent, and right to what we expect of you when you taking care of your child, or my child or other people's kids."
As high as the penalty is for those who provide the booze, some have experienced a parent's ultimate pain.
"We knew, we knew, we talked about it on the way into the hospital that when no one would talk to us, we knew Brian was dead," parent Brian Hoeflinger said.
Eighteen-year-old Brian Hoeflinger was killed in a horrific car accident on February 2, 2013.
He had been drinking at a friend's house minutes before he died.
"It's like one of those things that you're living somebody else's nightmare," said Brian. "It's surreal, it's surreal," said Cindy Hoeflinger. "You're going in slow motion and, this is just like a made-for-TV movie or something, It's not real, this can't be real."
It's a harsh reality for Brian's family.
Although the friend's parents didn't give the teens the alcohol, they were home, but say they didn't know what was going on in their basement.
"There's no chance for him or us, but there's a chance for everybody else out there," said Brian.
"We can't bring Brian back, but we can learn from this, we as parents, we as kids," said Cindy.
For Brian and Cindy, it's a chance not just for kids, but for parents to learn from their mistakes.
"Brian didn't go out that night intending to die, but it happened, and it's the perfect storm, it can happen to anybody," said Brian. "Brian is you, and he's your kid, and it can happen."
They're asking for parents to step up.
"I can't imagine that other parents out there don't want their kid to be safe when they go to a friend's house and the only way they're gonna try to make them safe is to give the parents something to be worried about," said Brian. "The parents have to be worried that if they have a group of kids at their house, that they're responsible for them."
It's also illegal for parents to rent a hotel room or camp site and allow teens to drink there as well.
It carries the same penalties as if they were drinking on your own property.
Many schools have safe and sober prom night programs to prevent underage drinking.
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