In a world where underage drinking is illegal, but often acceptable practice, some parents are taking the approach of offering a safe space for high school and college-aged students to drink alcohol in their homes. The mentality offered is rather than risking them driving after drinking, the underage drinker can leave their keys and drink safely with friends in the parents’ home.

Consider, hypothetically, that one of the underage drinkers gets out of the house without detection of the supervising parent and vandalizes a neighbor’s home, causing $10,000 in damage to the home. Investigate the laws in the state of Ohio and determine if the supervising parent could be civilly or criminally liable in this instance. Do you feel as if the parent should receive some type of punishment?