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New Year's Boozing Gets Elmhurst Teens, Cool Mom In Trouble

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Feb 13, 2009 5:55PM

2009_02_13_york.jpg It's not just "Cool Moms" in Lake Forest that are facing the music these days. Elmhurst is getting in on the action now, too. A big New Year's Eve bash attended by many students from York High will result in punishment for 43 student athletes who attended the party. Principal Diana Smith said, "Students received consequences for being at the party that included suspension from participation for a portion of their season and 20 hours of community service." All of the students who attended the party were allegedly freshmen and sophomore and fully cooperated with school officials.

And what of the "cool mom" in this case? That would be Sandra McGinn who has been charged with the misdemeanor allowing prohibited possession of alcohol.

One resident claims the windows were covered with paper the night of the party and kids were asked to keep it a secret. Several sources also tell CBS 2 that McGinn was home during the party. CBS 2 could not confirm that, either, and no one answered McGinn's door.

Some parents are upset about the action, claiming the party happened outside of school and thus the school has no authority to take disciplinary action. Other parents, such as Paul Mason, support the school, saying, "Kids don't need to drink, not today." Or...ever? McGinn is out on bond right now and could face up to a year if convicted.