Po­lice stretched by ‘out of con­trol’ Face­book party

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

A YOUNG woman was al­legedly kicked and uri­nated on by a group of teenagers at an “out-of-con­trol” birth­day party which went vi­ral on Face­book.

Moss­man po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged as­sault of the 19-year-old par­ty­goer and have warned par­ents of the dan­gers of post­ing birth­day in­vi­ta­tions on Face­book af­ter more than 150 peo­ple turned up for an 18th birth­day party held on a prop­erty on the Moss­man-Dain­tree Rd on March 19.

The party was reg­is­tered with po­lice and the par­ents of the birth­day boy had or­gan­ised three pri­vate se­cu­rity guards to cater for up to 70 guests but the in­vite went on­line.

Po­lice had to at­tend sev­eral times through­out the night to keep in­tox­i­cated par­ty­go­ers off the high­way and pre­vent them from drink-driv­ing or walk­ing home alone.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Matthew Smith said the party was an ex­am­ple of how easy it is to lose con­trol of events in the in­ter­net age.

“The fam­ily who hosted the party was tak­ing the right pre­cau­tions as they had reg­is­tered the party with lo­cal po­lice and were tak­ing keys off any drunken guests, but once the party goes on­line it goes vi­ral,” he said.

“This is a warn­ing to par­ents who are plan­ning to host a party for ju­ve­niles, you need to reg­is­ter a party with the po­lice and en­sure it is per­sonal in­vite only and not or­gan­ised over a so­cial net­work­ing sys­tem be­cause it can in­crease the at­ten­dance in a mat­ter of hours to an un­con­trol­lable mob.”

A num­ber of fights broke out through­out the night to the point the hired DJ was forced to ask them to “cut it out” over his mi­cro­phone.

“There were too many kids there, we couldn’t even drive down the drive­way of the prop­erty,” Se­nior Con­sta­ble Smith said.

“There was only two of us on that night and if it had of gone way out of con­trol we would have only been able to pick up the pieces the next morn­ing.”

Po­lice are urg­ing par­ents to be aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in host­ing large par­ties with ju­ve­niles.

“There is a mis­con­cep­tion that chil­dren un­der­age can con­sume al­co­hol on a pri­vate prop­erty but there has to be proper adult su­per­vi­sion,” he said.

“They have to en­sure the chil­dren are fed, su­per­vised, and gain per­mis­sion from other par­ents for the chil­dren to drink al­co­hol on the prop­erty.

“They need to re­alise that they are li­able for the other chil­dren at­tend­ing the party.

“It is also im­por­tant for par­ents to or­ga­nize ap­pro­pri­ate trans­porta­tion for these chil­dren so that they are not in a sit­u­a­tion where they are walk­ing home alone at night or get­ting into ve­hi­cles with friends.”

There were no other in­juries or as­saults re­ported to po­lice. Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about the al­leged as­sault is urged to call po­lice on 4098 2177.

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