Police stretched by ‘out of control’ Facebook party
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.