There is a reason that it is against the law for people under the age of 21 to drink. That is because those who are younger, like teenagers, are more susceptible to the dangerous effects of alcohol. Teens are also less likely to know when to stop or when they might be in danger.
That said, it is most definitely illegal in the United States to give alcohol to a minor. This is because it can be dangerous and unsafe and they are not allowed to consume it. Sometimes people don’t think the law is right. This disregard for the law can lead to danger and death.
Adults sometimes feel bad denying a kid’s alcohol. Maybe they drank when they were younger, or they are from another country. Whatever the reason, sometimes adults buy alcohol for minors, and this can lead to terrible situations because teenagers don’t know how to regulate drinking and shouldn’t be drinking.;
That is the case with what happened to Shelby Brakefield, 16, just two days after Christmas in 2018. She and two friends were drinking alcohol supplied by 28-year-old Kelly Nicole Hedrick. Brakefield was a junior in high school and drinking in her own home with friends. Hedrick had bought the girls three bottles of vodka to share, and things went horribly wrong.
Hedrick was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Shelby Brakefield, and she turned herself in. This type of conviction can end up with up to five years in prison.
Involuntary manslaughter is considered to be a death caused without malice. But it does include a reckless disregard for others safety.
Shelby Brakefield died of acute alcohol poisoning, and it is a terrible tragedy that shouldn’t have happened. If an adult had properly followed the law this girl might still be alive today.
Teenagers definitely can’t process alcohol the same way that adults can, and it is very easy to get drunk regardless. Teens might not know the signs or symptoms of teen alcohol abuse or alcohol poisoning.
This is a problem that has really been rearing its head of late. Teens like to have parties and drink alcohol with reckless abandon, mostly because they do not understand the consequences of their drinking. This is also common in college still before people are 21, and alcohol poisoning does happen.
Hedrick was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and transferring alcohol to minors. These charges are pending currently for Hedrick.
She knows what she did was wrong and not a flight risk and has been complying with all rules since the incident.