Cops rue few stupid schoolies

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

A PER­SON’S “stu­pid­ity” in stand­ing on a high-rise ledge has marred what Gold Coast po­lice con­sider suc­cess­ful cel­e­bra­tions for Queens­land schoolies.

Po­lice made three more ar­rests (69) of schoolies than last year but wel­comed no ma­jor in­ci­dents be­ing re­ported, with mi­nor drug of­fences com­pris­ing the bulk of the charges.

“I’m go­ing to give them an A,” Gold Coast District In­spec­tor Mat Ro­se­vear said. “We won’t give them an A+ be­cause we did have a cou­ple of stu­pid­ity acts — one with the gen­tle­man on the bal­cony.”

Footage of a schoolie bal­anc­ing on a ledge with­out a safety rail­ing in front of him was posted to so­cial me­dia.

The event has a his­tory of high-rise falling in­ci­dents, with a 17-year-old girl dy­ing in 2012 and a 17-year-old boy suf­fer­ing a frac­tured pelvis af­ter he fell two floors in 2016.

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