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Kelowna RCMP trying to cancel high school ‘torch pass’ parties, citing COVID-19

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September 09, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The Kelowna RCMP is warning high school students against holding "passing of the torch" parties and encouraging parents to speak with their kids about COVID-19.

"A lot of our local high school students are talking about having the traditional 'passing of the torch party' this week," says Const. Fred Angulo, school resource officer with the Kelowna RCMP, in a press release.

"This party usually involves large amounts of people and alcohol. We want to remind students of the importance of good citizenry in this current climate. It is everyone's responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19," he said in the news release.

Angulo said everyone needs to abide by laws and provincial orders put in place during COVID-19 to stop the spread of the disease

Police officers are encouraging parent to have a discussion with their children about safety and has tips and resources to offer, according to the press release.

To open up the discussion, here are a few tips:

• try to avoid lecturing and focus on having an open discussion
• keep a relaxed attitude and encourage your children to ask questions and to tell you what they think
• try to understand your child's point of view
• don't expect teens to agree with you about everything just because you are the parent
• develop active listening skills
• be as concise and objective  when explaining the facts about drugs and discussing the pros and cons

Resources can also be found  through the RCMP Centre For Youth Crime Prevention, Drug Free Kids Canada and through Media Smarts.

School District No. 23 also has resources available on its website.

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