As high schools and colleges across the country begin breaking for their annual celebrations of Spring, students ascend in droves to the beaches of America. Especially the ones that are sunny and warm and awash in liquid libations.
These bacchanalian rights of passage can be difficult for law enforcement officials who have to balance the health and safety of their visiting charges with the pressure they face to look the other way from the local businesses that make money off the revelry.
Sometimes, though, Johnny Law has to act. And that can ruin a good spring break vacation for the visitors that get swept up in their nets. That’s exactly what happened just east of Destin on the beaches of Walton County, Florida. And the young woman who was arrested had to call home to explain what had happened. Her mother then took to Facebook to say exactly how she felt about her high school daughter’s arrest.
“In this day, ‘cops’ are getting a bad rap. So, I wanted to say ‘thank you.’ Yesterday, my daughter was one of the thousands of spoiled spring breakers ‘living it up’ on the beach. She got arrested for underage drinking. She was holding a can of beer on the beach. A stupid move that I warned her about before she left, but I’m just her mother, so ‘in one ear and out the other.’
“The arrest scared the HELL out of her and I’m hoping she learned her lesson. The reason that I am sending this is that every officer that I talked to or that I could hear in the background talking to her was so nice! Firm, but nice. I’m sure each one was rolling their eyes when my daughter said ‘Can you talk to my mom?,’ but each and every officer was respectful and assured me she would get back to her house safely.
“For a mom hundreds of miles away, that was very reassuring. I know you all have to deal with this on a daily basis, which must be completely annoying and I’m very sorry my daughter added to your workload yesterday. They say you always have one child that makes you go grey early and she is mine! Thank you for saving me a few more grey hairs last night.”