“I can tell you he had nothing to do with it,” said Chris Jennings, chief deputy, Newton County Sheriff’s Department, regarding a party at the home of a Neosho R-5 School District Board of education member two weekends ago in which two minors were treated for alcohol poisoning.

“I can tell you he had nothing to do with it,” said Chris Jennings, chief deputy, Newton County Sheriff’s Department, regarding a party at the home of a Neosho R-5 School District Board of education member two weekends ago in which two minors were treated for alcohol poisoning.

Jennings said school board member Phil Wise, his wife and one child were out of town when another child of theirs, along with several other Neosho kids, decided to have a party.

“A couple of the kids got sick and had to go to the hospital after drinking, but we have dealt with it,” he said. “The juvenile investigators interviewed all the kids and juvenile has taken appropriate action. There are a couple of the kids that are of age as far as being 18 or 19 that we will deal with through the system if there are any charges to be filed.”

He said no arrests have been made.

Jennings dispelled the rumor mill that characterized the incident as a drug party.

“There’s was reports of maybe there being a single pill that was divided up, but we have not verified that yet,” Jennings said. “Blood tests did not show anything like that, but we got a report of that and we’re still looking into that.”

Jennings said the parents hold no liability for the incident.

“The parents were totally unaware of it,” he said. “No parent obtained alcohol for the children or anything like that. So I see no liability on the parent’s part. There’s always reports of that every year with kids. Every year kids manage to get ahold of some alcohol. The only difference in that and most cases was there was a couple of kids that had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.”