GLASTONBURY, Conn. — The parents of two teenage girls in a small Conn. town have become a big subject of discussions after they told cops to arrest their daughters.
The parents returned early from an out-of-town trip to find the girls, ages 15 and 16, throwing an underage drinking party at the family home, according to a report in The Hartford Courant.
How did the parents react?
They called police.
The girls now face charges of permitting a minor to possess alcohol.
As the story began to swirl around social media, some praised the parents for being tough on their kids. They said in this day and age of so much violence involving youth, children need strict parenting.
“Kudos to the parents, it’s called tough love. I bet next time their kids will think twice. I would do the same if my now teens tried that,” said commenter Anna Sokolowski.
“Yes narc on your kids,” said commenter James Smith. “It builds trust, seriously.”
Others called the couple negligent for leaving the daughters alone in the first place and criticized them for using police to parent their children.
“Fifteen and 16-year-olds are still children,” said commenter Paul Dubreuil. “I definitely would not have left them home alone for two or three days without supervision.”
“I believe in structure and and teaching children the consequences of their actions," said commenter Bob Fortier. "But, I personally would not have involved the police in what I consider my job: Raising the kids."
NBC's TODAY joined the discussion during the Thursday morning broadcast. Natalie Morales called it "extreme parenting" and said it was a good thing the girls were minors, so it won't go on their records.
"I wouldn't call the police on my kids," Morales told co-host Willie Geist.