Grieving dad wants teens to party safe over summer
A GRIEVING father is urging other Queensland teenagers to party safe this festive season after his son was bashed to death at a party this year.
Paul Stanley’s son Matthew, 15, was bashed at a party at Alexandra Hills, Brisbane, in September.
Mr Stanley has become an advocate for the Queensland Police Service’s Party Safe program, recording a radio ad to promote the program.
He is urging other parents and teenagers to check out party safe information and register their parties with police.
‘‘Because of the terrible tragedy of my son Matthew’s death, I implore everyone planning a youth party this holiday season to ensure that there is adequate adult supervision and to work through the checklist in the Party Safe information,’’ Mr Stanley said.
Northern Region Crime Prevention Coordinator Senior Sergeant Kel Clarke said there was always a chance trouble could erupt at a party, particularly if alcohol was involved.
Sen-Sgt Clarke said party hosts were responsible for providing a safe environment.
He said several steps could be taken to ensure a safe party atmosphere was provided: • Make entrance to the party by invitation only. • Don’t spread invitations via the Internet, SMS or word of mouth. • Clearly state on the invitation if the party is no alcohol permitted, BYO or alcohol supplied. • Plan for adequate food and low and nonalcoholic drinks to be available for guests • Consider using a private security guard for your party.
For further information about how to party safe, contact your local police station or visit the QPS website at www.police.qld. gov.au