Deans of elite Washington-area prep schools warned of drunken parties in 1990

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As a third accuser made allegations of improper, alcohol-fueled behavior against embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday, it seems prestigious prep schools in suburban Washington, D.C. had plenty of problems with student drinking and partying by 1990, so much so that top administrators sent warning letters to parents about the problem.

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That's according to a 1990 story published by The Washington Post that revealed headmasters from seven elite private schools sent a two-page letter home to the parents of all students warning them about large, unsupervised parties "where 'excessive drinking and sexual license are common.'"

The schools included the exclusive all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, Maryland, where Kavanaugh attended high school in the 1980s.

In what was described as "a rare joint effort," the headmasters from the schools "asked the parents to step up supervision of their children to prevent them from attending or throwing weekend parties that are open to almost anyone and where alcohol is easily available," according to the Post.

The newspaper also reported at the time that the schools had "confronted the issue before" and used Georgetown Prep as an example where administrators discussed "the problem of unsupervised parties and similar activities" in conferences with parents.

"The headmasters said they believe that on most weekends there is at least one large party, sometimes with several hundred students," the Post reported.

In a quote from the letter, the administrators wrote, “It would be hard to devise a better recipe for disaster than a social scene that includes the anonymity provided by an 'open party,' no adult supervision, considerable amounts of alcohol, and teenage hormones which encourage sexual or violent behavior."

California college professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett Kavanaugh of attacking and groping her at a party in the early 1980s when they were in high school. He has vehemently denied the allegations.

Another woman, Julie Swetnick, through her attorney Wednesday accused Kavanaugh of being present at drunken parties during the 1980s where gang rapes occurred.

A third woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during an alcohol-fueled party at a Yale University dorm when they were both freshmen.

Kavanaugh has denied all of the allegations and said in a Fox News interview Monday night that he looks forward to “clearing (his) name.”

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