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Things parents should know to keep their children safe at and after prom

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Thousands of teens around the metro are headed to prom this weekend and usually that means an after-prom party, but police say there are some things parents need to know.

Police said a couple of teens were arrested at an Overland Park Ramada Inn, but it's a problem at hotels, motels and more across the metro.

"It just takes one time for something bad to happen and you can't take that back," said Overland Park police Officer Gary Mason.

It's prom season which means an active time for police with at least four proms this weekend in Johnson County alone. Recent proms just past are already keeping officers busy.

"We received calls about numerous juveniles partying in a hotel room and we were called to remove them from the location," Mason said.

Two weeks ago at the Ramada on Shawnee Mission Parkway police made two arrests for minors in possession of alcohol. Their investigation showed there were a lot more minors at the after-prom party, but many left when they learned police were on their way.

Inside one of the rooms police found several liquor bottles, some empty, some still full. In addition to the two arrests, police are also investigating a much more serious offense.

"There was an alleged sexual assault that had come out of that later on that we are still investigating," Mason said. "It's concerning when you get to a point when you are under the influence and you don't know what happened and these sexual assaults take place and it's very disturbing for us trying to investigate that as well."

Police said the problem is widespread at motels, hotels, on party buses and after-prom parties at private homes. It's takes everyone's involvement to keep kids safe, especially parents.

"I believe the No. 1 thing is you are still a parents and, regardless of what night it is, you still have to take care and find out what your child is going to be doing and follow up on that," Mason said. "Everyone has to play a part and watch out for these things that go on."

Police said officers will be extra diligent this weekend with more proms and after parties expected.

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