TV: Two dozen teens busted for drinking in Kerrville

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by Amanda Stanzilis / KENS 5

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Posted on September 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 21 at 4:03 PM

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In less than 48 hours, 24 teens had been cited in Kerrville, a place that many feel is a small, family-oriented city.

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Kerrville Police say on Wednesday, nine teenagers were cited for underage drinking at a vacant home. Several of the teens had tried to deny they were drinking, but police say they could smell alcohol on the breath. All the teens were asked to submit to a breath test, and that's when they were cited.

On Thursday, police say 15 minors were cited for underage drinking at the La Casa Apartments complex.

In less than 48 hours, 24 teens had been cited in what many feel is a small, family-oriented city. Police spokesperson Sgt. Mary Krebs said, "It is significant because it was on a school night, and we haven't had this... many kids in a long time."

All teens who are cited for underage drinking will be court-ordered to take an alcohol awareness class. Those classes are offered at the Hill Country Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The class is two days long, and lasts for 6 hours each time.

Executive Director Jeannie Stevens says that recently, she's noticed an increase in the number of teens who have been required to take the class. She said, "we're having just an increase in kids drinking and getting into trouble."

Stevens added, "Sometimes parents can get into denial because they don't want to admit they're children may be doing this."

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