William Shupe, Chief of Police
20 Court Street
Exeter, NH 03833
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Exeter Police Department Offers Prom Safety Tips
EXETER – As students head off to prom, Chief William Shupe and the Exeter Police Department are working to ensure teenagers and parents enjoy the celebration in a healthy and safe manner.
The Exeter Senior Prom is Friday, June 3.
Prom can be one of the most memorable and exciting events for students, but they should remember the decisions made before, during and after the celebration can have long-term consequences.
Exeter Police recommend parents reinforce the importance of good decision making with their children and facilitate conversations often and regularly about potentially destructive choices.
“Prom is one of many exciting events happening in our community this time of year,” Chief Shupe said. “We want all Exeter students to remember the event as a special, cherished one – and that means making safety a priority.”
Tips for students to stay safe before and after the prom:
- Think responsibly: Don’t feel pressured to take part in inappropriate behavior prior, during, or after the dance. It’s OK to say no, even if others are participating.
- Travel safely: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Always buckle up, no matter how short the trip. It’s the law. Additionally,
—– Don’t text and drive. Texting and cell phone use while driving is illegal for New Hampshire teens and adults alike.
—– Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking.
- Be alert: Dating violence is an issue that can affect anybody — those in a long-term relationship, or people who just met. Abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual. Know beforehand what your boundaries are and communicate those to your partner. Wherever you go after prom, don’t be afraid to tell a family member, friend, or call 911 if you or someone you know is abused or in danger.
Parents can play a large role in helping their children have a safe, yet memorable evening.
- Communicate: Have a pre-prom talk to set guidelines for students during prom and remind them of the consequences for breaking the rules. Get students’ itineraries for the evening, including whom they will be with, where they’ll be going before and after the prom, and the phone numbers of where you can contact them.
- Plan ahead: After prom parties should be adult supervised. Students are encouraged to always go with a buddy and notify parents or guardians where they’ll be and how to reach them.
- Be understanding: Let students know they can call you at any time for help, advice or a ride with the promise to not shame or embarrass them in front of others.