It’s 11pm, do you know where your children are? If you’re a Long Island, New York parent, you may want to check Twitter.
A new account with the handle @LIPartyStories is causing outrage in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with local teens snapping pictures of themselves at house parties which are then retweeted to the account’s more than 22,000 followers.
Unsurprisingly, the pictures are not the kind of images any parent wants to see of their children posted online.
‘Kids do stupid things. We’ve probably all done stupid things, now you’ve got social media to be able to publish to the world how dumb you are forever,’ Port Washington parent Peter Winick told CBS New York.
The images posted to the account run the gamut of a fairly innocuous shot of two girls shotgunning beers to students stripping down for no apparent reason.
Since teens have been underage drinking since the dawn of time, the resulting images are pretty unsurprising.
Recent posts include several students peeing in unconventional places like a sink or the corner of a dining room.
When the teens have had too much to drink, they usually end up either throwing up (both successfully making it into the toilet, and many times not), or passing out.
If they make the mistake to fall asleep before everyone else does, they are usually subjected to such pranks as being surrounded by beer bottles or drawn upon.
In addition to concerns about the teens’ health, local parents also think these pictures may come back to haunt their children when they apply for colleges or a job.
Tired: When the teens have had too much to drink, they usually pass out before finding a bed
Marg Lee works for DEDICATEDD, a nonprofit organization that educates teens abou the dangers of drinking and driving.
‘Once it’s out in cyberspace there’s no taking it back,’ Lee told CBS. ‘If an employer is going to be looking for someone to represent their company you’re not going to want somebody that’s been all over the web.’
Authorities in Suffolk County say they know about the Twitter account, but it will only be used as part of a larger investigation if someone files a complaint.
And it doesn’t look like the Twitter account is going anywhere. After media coverage of the account this week, the administrator tweeted: ‘The news was trying to get people to unfollow @LIPartyStories all they did was help spread the word.’