KEMAH, Texas – For nearly 50 students in two school districts, prom night was quite literally a bust. The groups had coincidentally chartered buses from two companies to take them to Kemah before the dance.
But their night ended early.
“It was a crazy scene. You know when you’re dealing with that many people and you’re a relatively small department, you know, it uses up all your resources,” said Chief Greg Rikard, Kemah Police Department.
Some of the students attended Brazoswood High School in Clute. The rest were from a high school in the city of Orange near Beaumont.
Their party ended on Third Street, near the Kemah Boardwalk, where a boy with diabetes became ill on one of the buses which was carrying about 30 teens.
Police were then called out for a second bus, with 15 teens inside, after a security guard smelled alcohol.
“When we can smell it coming out of a vehicle, you know then the driver surely had to know that alcohol was onboard,” Rikard said.
Most of the students were taken to the Kemah firehouse and told to call their parents for rides home. The student with diabetes was taken to the hospital.
A 17-year-old girl was charged with disorderly conduct and underage alcohol possession. Both of the bus drivers are in trouble, too.
Rachad Tadekh, 51, and Jacob Shears, 24, were charged with purchasing or furnishing alcohol to minors.
Police said they had to know what was going on, even if they did not supply the drinks.
One Brazoswood mom said parents are also to blame.
“There should be more discipline and it should come from out of the household,” said Eileen Adams, parent. “I think if the punishment was they weren’t allowed to go to the prom there, now I think the rest of the punishment should come from the parents.”
Police tell KHOU 11 News that the student with diabetes is still in the hospital.