At 6.00pm we had 15 kids and I’m thinking, “This is fine. I know all these boys. No problems.” By 8.20pm there were 85 teenagers on my front lawn, two police cars, two paddy wagons, many more kids inside my house and drinking games happening everywhere.
“I was scared. It all happened so incredibly fast that I had no time to even call my neighbours for help. I was too busy trying to protect my house, furniture and garden”
I was scared. It all happened so incredibly fast that I had no time to even call my neighbours for help. I was too busy trying to protect my house, furniture and garden. We found out later that a party nearby had been shut down early and most of those who were evicted ended up at my house. There were teens openly sculling alcohol, playing drinking games and singing obnoxious songs at the top of their lungs. The boys were mostly causing the problems. Most of the private schools in our city were represented and petty school rivalries tend to be magnified under the influence of alcohol. There were some scuffles but, thankfully, no major brawls.
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I had earlier called my husband to come home from his Christmas party, and he arrived at the same time as the police. The police were fantastic and said they would get back-up and stay until everyone left. Within a few minutes the marked patrol cars and paddy wagons were there, ordering the kids through a loud speaker to “disperse the area immediately”.
We were concerned that we may be charged for allowing underage drinking on our property. We made it clear to the police that we had supplied no alcohol and the teens had brought it themselves. To our surprise the police were not interested in the issue of underage drinking – only the physical safety of the people involved. This seems to be a grey area at the moment.