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Statement from Governor Lincoln D. Chafee


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Underage drinking is a major problem in Rhode Island and across the country.
With that in mind, the so-called "social host" law has been broadly designed to prevent such unfortunate incidents from occurring and to protect the young people of our state.

Throughout this process, Stephanie and I have taken this matter seriously and have been concerned and disappointed by the details of the event in question, as any parents would be.

Caleb will accept responsibility for his actions and, in addition to any legal consequences that result, we will continue to deal with this matter as a family.
It is our hope that this event, however regrettable, has provided an opportunity for a dialogue about the dangerous and potentially harmful effects of underage drinking. Hopefully many parents took this occasion to speak with their children about this important topic.

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