FIFTEEN Evans River K-12 School students have been suspended after they turned up to their school social drunk on Wednesday night. Parents are outraged over the incident, which some have described as a 'complete disappointment'. However principal Rob Walker said the incident was a 'one-off' for the school. "This is a very safe, happy school and the kids are really great to work with," Mr Walker said. "However a small group behaved in a way that triggered us to take some action. "We are working with the students' families and with police, who are still investigating." Mr Walker said parents of the students affected by alcohol had been called to collect their children from the school social on Wednesday night when teachers learnt the students were intoxicated. He said the school was working hard to reinforce important messages about drugs and alcohol education. Police would be looking into the legal issues of the supply of alcohol to minors, he said. Police Inspector Dave Larkin said there was a $550 on-the-spot fine for supplying alcohol to people under 18. "This is certainly a serious matter." Parents contacted by The Northern Star declined to be named because of the nature of the incident, but said they were disappointed. "The first I heard of it was when my 13-year-old came home from the social and said other kids had been drunk," one parent said. Mr Walker said about 20 students and their families had been interviewed by the school over the past couple of days. He was using the interviews as a chance to help the students realise the seriousness of the matter. "I've had a similar circumstance at another school in the State where students have done the wrong thing by drinking alcohol, then they've got in a car and had an accident and one of the students didn't make it home," Mr Walker said.
A spokesperson from the NSW Department of Education and Training said the Department took such incidents 'very seriously'. "I am not aware of this particular case but I have not heard of anything like this for a long time, where kids are drinking at a school social," the spokesperson said.