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ESSENCE Poll: What's Your Number One Rule For a Night Out with Friends?

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Our prayers go out to the family of New Orleans teacher Terrilynn Monette, who has been missing since March 2.

Monette, 26, was celebrating her recent nomination as "Teacher of the Year" in her district with friends at a local bar in the Lakeview section of New Orleans. Police say a bartender at Parlay's bar claims to have "cut off" Monette from drinking because she'd had too much drink. Later, the 2nd grade teacher reportedly told friends she would go sleep things off in her car because she had too much to drink and didn’t want to risk driving home. She was last seen in the bar's parking lot at around 3:30 a.m. that morning.

This tragic case brings up many issues, including friend etiquette. On message boards and comments sections, people are questioning how Monette's friends could have let her "sleep things off" alone at night when she was intoxicated. This is not an attempt to blame Monette's friends for her disappearance, but a moment for us to examine, and rethink, our practices when we're out having a good time with friends. What would you have done in this situation? What rules do you and your friends set when you go out? Share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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What's your number one rule for a night out with friends?
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Terrilynn Monette is described as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing 180 pounds. She has a light brown complexion with long brown hair and was last seen wearing a pink and yellow sweater and jeans. Her car is a 2012 black two-door Honda Accord with the Louisiana license plate, WUN494. Police are asking anyone with any information about her to contact New Orleans police at (504) 821-2222.

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