After the arrest of a substitute teacher at Capital High School in Charleston, the school’s resource prevention officer is advising parents who may allow drinking at their home because it is a safe space to think again.
April Noble, 41, of Charleston, is charged with seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
According to the criminal complaint, Noble had parties starting in October 2016 that continued to January 2017.
The parties would be held in the basement of Noble’s home.
According to the criminal complaint, Noble would collect money from the kids and then purchase alcohol for them.
She told the kids if they were going to drink she wanted it to be somewhere safe with supervision.
Cpl. Robert Brown says though Noble’s intentions may have been good, it still doesn’t excuse the fact she was allegedly supplying teens with alcohol.
“It’s just bad,” Brown said. “Kid’s shouldn’t drink until they’re responsible enough and the state law says that’s the age of 21.”
Brown lead the investigation after school personnel notified him after overhearing students talking about the get-togethers.
“It’s a criminal offense,” he said. “Basically if a parent or an adult was present was supposed to make interaction with a kid and knew they were going to commit such an act, before or after, they should notify the parent of that particular child.”
Brown adds parents need to act as their child’s parent, and not as their friend.
“That’s what we need to get back to, is the basics and you need to be a parent at all times.”
WSAZ reached out to Kanawha County Schools for comment. They said they cannot comment on personnel matters.