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Sunday, 9 July, 2000, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Euan's school 'takes tough alcohol stance'
Parents drinking in a pub with children
Children growing up faster than they used to, says head
Parents must take responsibility for the behaviour of their drunken children, the headmaster of Euan Blair's school has told a newspaper.

John McIntosh, headteacher of the London Oratory School in West London was speaking following the arrest of the 16-year-old prime minister's son for being drunk and incapable.

The teenager, who had been out celebrating the end of his GCSEs with friends, was described as "drunk and incapable" when he was picked up by police on Wednesday evening in London's Leicester Square.

Euan Blair
Euan, pictured at the age of 14

When he was questioned by police he gave a false name and age and an old address. He was released without charge but received a strong reprimand from police, in the presence of both his parents, the following day.

Mr McIntosh told the Sunday Telegraph the "whole country" should be worried about the amount of alcohol consumed by young people but said parents bore the most responsibility.

'More responsibility'

He said: "Children are growing up rather faster than they used to and they are adopting adult ways of life much ealier than they did 20 or 30 years ago."

He said parents should exercise responsibility and try to curb their children from underage drinking by being "aware of the fact that it's happening and trying to ensure their children don't start drinking too early".

Mr McIntosh, who stressed his comments did not directly refer to Euan or his parents, said his school was among many attempting to educate pupils about the impact of alcohol and the need to drink sensibly.

Chris Woodhead, Chief Inspector of Schools
Chris Woodhead: Parents should take reponsibility

Chris Woodhead, speaking on Sunday's GMTV programme, echoed Mr McIntosh's views, saying parents had to accept a huge responsibility when it came to children drinking alcohol.

"How parents behave and what they do in their free time obviously has an impact on their children," he said.

"Schools cannot wave a magic wand, and solve every social problem. Every parent across the land has got to think about the contribution they are making to their child's upbringing."

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