Teen Night Troubles at Lily Pond

High school principal wants to put brakes on under-age partying
Lily Pond Night Club
Lily Pond Night Club

    Scantily clad girls in a crowded nightspot, their skin shiny from dancing, is a common snapshot of a Hamptons summer night.
    But when the girls are 13 years old, it’s not okay with Adam Fine.
    The East Hampton High School principal has made it “a personal mission of mine” to curtail the student-aimed evenings at Lily Pond, a nightclub on Three Mile Harbor Road that has been hosting teen night parties — frequently on the same night as school-sponsored events.
    The Facebook page for the Halloween Teen Bash @ Lily Pond, which was held on Oct. 28 — the same night as the high school’s Halloween dance — collected 638 “likes” from teenagers as far away as Brooklyn.
    “It’s time to get a little reckless,” one Southampton student posted.
    “They don’t check IDs,” Mr. Fine said. This means, to him, that kids under the required age of 13 can attend, as well as people over 17.
    A video that was posted on YouTube and has since been taken down showed East Hampton high school students gyrating and stumbling around on a crowded dance floor in what appeared to be a state of inebriation.
    Although the club locks up the alcohol on teen night there have been reported cases of East Hampton police taking home students found standing in the middle of Three Mile Harbor Road, at a late hour, in a daze. In 2005, when the club was under different ownership, there was a stabbing in the parking lot at a teen night.
    “It’s exploiting East Hampton,” Mr. Fine said. “I care about these kids. They can make decisions now that can come back to bite them later on.”
    The one-two punch of holding the parties on the same night as school-sponsored activities, plus an offer by the promoter, M.C. Skittles, for students to promote the event, has the principal seeing red.
    “It cheapens the hard work and fund- raising of the kids,” he said. He reported that students had responded to the promotion offer, and said custodians have picked up “stacks” of cards trumpeting the Lily Pond nights from the hallway floors.
    The Halloween dance at Lily Pond was standing-room-only, while the high school dance the same night, which acts as a fund-raiser for student-based activities, only drew about 100 students.
    At the 11th hour, Mr. Fine appealed to parents and school associations to donate money for a raffle and a cash-prize costume contest. One of the draws at the Lily Pond party is a $500 cash prize.
    Although the school came up with $600 in prizes, it was within 48 hours of the dance, and the turnout was less than stellar.
    “I think it’s a disgrace,” said Pat Hope, a board member, at the Nov. 1 East Hampton School Board meeting.
    “The video showed older guys, workers at the club, just gawking at our girls,” Mr. Fine said.
    Mr. Fine admitted that he had not communicated with the nightclub, but said that would be a step he would be willing to take.
    The next “Teen Bash” at Lily Pond is on Nov. 22, which again will offer cash prizes for costumes. The high school is not having an event that night.
    The poster for the Thanksgiving teen night, which can be seen on the Facebook page for the Halloween dance, shows a scantily clad girl crouched down and staring at the camera. The event is sold out.


Comments

Ah, bah humbug! Kids have been going to teen discos at that particular location since the late seventies. Better a no-booze-allowed public space where they can dance off the excess energy than an unsupervised booze-fest in someones' basement. If parents are that worried, they can arm themselves with a tall latte and sit in the corner with a pair of night-vision goggles to make sure kids aren't bringing in flasks.
^^^Couldn't agree more
That's not the point. Pre-gaming elsewhere 1st & then being allowed entrance intoxicated, to make the club $$ in the winter months, is. This place has long had a rep, no matter which incarnation. It's not supervised well & is another accident waiting to happen. And I'm sorry, as a mother, even allowing your daughter to dress inappropriately for their age & go to these places to show off the goods is just an invitation to something they might not be mature enough to handle. At the very least...it's the parent's responsibility to monitor their children's behavior. We got a pimp on the street, encouraging our youth to come to a place, that under normal circumstances, they'd never make past the velvet ropes. The owners are hard up for cash & are putting up this false front that they're offering something "for the kids". There 'aint nothing philanthropic about it, it's about the almighty $$. It's 10 o'clock...do you know where your children are? You might want to find out.
It is really sad that our culture is turning toward this type of gatherings as normal when in fact it is anything but normal. It is time that kids get back to the business of being kids.

 

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Couldn't agree with you more, Penny. These organizers have no shame. I wonder, would they let their own daughters attend such a scene? Happy Halloween - this was more than eye candy.
I wasn't damaged by what we did back in the olden days at those teen nights (and, believe me, there were PLENTY of drugs and pills and booze floating around in the eighties! MORE, in fact!!). The difference between now and then? The difference is in the hyper-sexualized roles the kids are acting out these days. It's now expected that teen girls will act and dress like they work as pole dancers!! The entire youth culture of, basically, learned behavior in which girls act out overtly sexual dances -- grinding, etc -- while dressed like two-bit you-know-whats (and meanwhile taught to view this as some pathetic version of freedom or feminine power ). . . .well, it's tragic, really. Totally agree w/you guys. A huge, culture-wide MESS of epic proportions. I totally agree. But that's on the PARENTS. Parents should talk to their kids about why acting out a trashy-sexpot role isn't actually a demonstration of feminine strength or freedom. Raise their girls not to put their bodies on display, and not to think sexual behavior = power. But a night on the dance floor? THAT's not unhealthy. Dance, kids, DANCE!
This sounds right out of the movie FOOTLOOSE! Its awesome that kids can go out to a local nightclub without having to use fake ids and sneak in under the fence (like we used to do when we were sixteen). Teenage kids need to explore their budding sexuality and need for self expression away from their parents. But at least they are able to do it here in their own town at this club. If the principal is successful in shutting down this opportunity to dance mere miles from their homes, kids will hop on the LIRR to the City. What about that?