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‘HAZE’ Documentary and Panel Discussion STILL ON for Tonight at Darien Library

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UPDATE: “[T]he screening of Haze tonight is on despite the Darien schools’ snow day. The roads are clear and the library is open!” Emily Larkin, the Thriving Youth Program director for the Community Fund of Darien announced Monday morning. Haze, a documentary about a college freshman who died from alcohol poisoning during a fraternity initiation in 2004, will be shown at Darien Library on Monday, March 4, followed by a panel discussion with experts. You’re invited to the event, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Darien Library Community Room.

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Parents, Mature High School Students Invited to See ‘Haze’ — Documentary on Binge Drinking, Monday, March 5

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Binge drinking killed a college freshman from Greenwich in 2004, and it’s killed a Darien teenager as well. “Haze,” a documentary about binge drinking and Gordie Bailey’s death, will be shown from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 5 at Darien Library. Bailey died from alcohol poisoning in September 2004 after passing out on a couch in his fraternity house following a hazing initiation at the University of Colorado. In 2008, The Gordie Foundation produced Haze, a documentary telling Gordie’s story and discussing the issues surrounding college drinking and hazing. This program is for parents and mature high-school aged students.

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Teens Have Died from Binge Drinking in Darien: Police Officer at Panel Discussion

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After a documentary film about the dangers of binge drinking among teenagers and young adults was shown at Darien Library on Monday night, James Palmieri, recently the school resource officer at Darien High School, told the audience that, just as in the documentary, a Darien teenager had died from the affects of binging on alcohol when his friends had left him. “This isn’t something that happens [only] in other places,” Palmieri, now a detective with Darien police after 4 1/2 years as the department’s school resource officer at the high school. He was speaking as part of a panel discussing binge drinking after the audience of about 150 saw the movie “Haze.” “[I]n some cases, one of which I was directly involved with, the kid ended up dying purely because he drank too much, and his friends didn’t want to deal with him,” Palmieri said. “One of them was thrown in an Uber [driving service car] and sent home, and you know, circumstances unfolded, and he ended up dying.”

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Binge Drinking Hits Close to Home: Some Things Darien Parents and Teens Should Know

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Before the documentary “Haze” was shown to about 150 people, mostly high school students, at a meeting Monday night sponsored by a coalition of groups in town concerned about under-age binge drinking, Suzanne Denunzio, a Darien parent, got up to speak. The documentary is about how a University of Colorado freshman from Greenwich died from alcohol poisoning in his first month at school. He was binge drinking as part of a pledging ordeal to get into a campus fraternity. Denunzio is a friend of the family of the dead student. We thought what she had to say was worth publishing in full and especially worth the time of any parent with teenage children, so we asked her to give us her prepared statement.