Host says he was unaware of drinking at N.H. party

By Martin Finucane
Globe Staff / June 9, 2010

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A psychiatrist who teaches at Harvard Medical School said yesterday that he did not know that students were drinking at a high school graduation party he hosted in New Hampshire.

J. Wesley Boyd, 46, of Needham and his wife, Theonia, 49, a pathologist who also teaches at the medical school, were both arrested at the party Sunday night by Weare, N.H., police who said that underage drinking was going on at the event.

About 70 teenagers were taken into protective custody. Boyd and his wife face charges of facilitating an underage drinking party, the Associated Press reported.

Weare police did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Boyd said yesterday by phone that his daughter had told her classmates at St. Paul’s School in Concord in two e-mails that there would be no drugs or alcohol allowed. He said his wife had made an announcement at the beginning of the party.

“My wife stood on a table and said there’s no drinking and no drugs at this party, zero tolerance,’’ he said. “And we asked specifically, can everybody abide by this? And everyone said yes.’’

Boyd said he and his wife and another couple monitored the party without seeing any alcohol.

He said several of the students had since apologized, telling him that they had been hiding the drinking from him as he circulated through the crowd.

He said that if he and his wife had made one error, it would have been the size of the party, which was attended by dozens of people at a large house, with fields in both front and back, that Boyd had borrowed from a friend.

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