KEMAH — Three people were charged late Saturday night when two separate charter buses with high school students celebrating prom were stopped.

Bus Drivers Rachad Tadakh, 51, from Houston and Jacob Shears, 24, from Houston were charged with purchasing or furnishing alcohol to minors, according to the Kemah Police Department.

Ashley Meadows, 17, was charged with disorderly conduct and minor in possession, Kemah Sgt. Mark Hinson said.

The matter is still under investigation according to the police department.

The charges don’t necessarily mean the two bus drivers bought the alcohol but they did allow the teenagers to drink it, Hinson said.

A medical call placed shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday alerted officers to an issue.

Officers determined that some of the teenagers were in possession of alcohol, and fire department officials helped take the students to the fire department where the students were told to call their parents.

One of the teenagers was taken to a hospital but Kemah officers on Sunday had few details on the teenager’s condition.

On Sunday, the teenage boy was still in the hospital, Kemah Lt. Carl Nunn said. He said he did no know the boy’s exact age, condition or the hospital he had been taken to.

The teenage boy had very little alcohol in his system but was taken to the hospital for complications because of diabetic issues, Nunn said.

At least 50 teenagers from the ages of 16 to 19 were on the two separate charter busses, he said.

Students on one of the buses were from the city of Orange, while students on the other were from the Lake Jackson area, Hinson said.

The students were celebrating senior prom. They were taken to the Kemah Fire Department where the students were told to call their parents.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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Ana Draa

Who are these adults and how stupid can they be!!

gulfcoastexan
Larry Kirkendall

doing the quickest of Google searches, about this stupid.

Penalties for Providing Alcohol to a Minor
Adults and minors who give alcohol to a minor also face a stiff penalty. The punishment for making alcoholic beverages available to a minor is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $4,000, confinement in jail for up to a year, or both. Additionally, the violator will have his or her driver´s license automatically suspended for 180 days upon conviction.

Persons 21 or older (other than the parent or guardian) can be held liable for damages caused by intoxication of a minor under 18 if the adult knowingly provided alcoholic beverages to a minor or knowingly allowed the minor to be served or provided alcoholic beverages on the premises owned or leased by the adult.

Sale to a minor is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $4,000, confinement up to a year in jail, or both.

Of course then there's the lawyers that will twist this into something unrecognizable from the law.

Amanda DeVries

TXDoula, don't kid yourself. Plenty of parents put their kids on party busses or limos, or even host a party where they themselves have purchased the alchohol for the kids. It's a regular occurrence. I imagine if they did some deeper digging they would find that those kids got on that bus with their own coolers with alchohol purchased by the parents. Instead, I'm sure they're happy to let the guys driving the bus take all the blame.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

zmmom -

You are very likely correct in that assumption. We have many folks around (including parents) who like to absolve responsibility, simply can't say "no" to their children, and want to appear to be "hip". So, many have no qualms about drinking and partying in front of the children. By the time the children are curious enough to want to "look adult" and drink, the parent says, "Go right ahead".

I'm like many others: drinking is fun and a few beers and a cosmo here and there makes life more pleasureable. But, IMHO, I don't think these habits need to be started early. When a young adult can work on his/her own, makes his/her own $, has own place to live, then he/she can partake in libations. They sure don't need to be doing that foolishness on a prom "chartered" bus. Too bad more parents can't hold such similar sensible opinions and try to instill wise choices into their children.

Judy Foster

If you don't think parents buy alcohol for their kids ask County Treasure Kevin Walsh.

Ana Draa

I know it happens, just think it is ridiculous! As the mother of a 19 year old college freshman and a 14 year old, can honestly say would never consider doing this is a million years. I hope they throw the book at the parents.

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