Long Way Home
Recently I was contacted by a VCE (Year 12) teenager who was planning a celebration for after her formal (prom night).
The event was for 300 students. The venue was in the city: 50 km from the outer eastern suburb in which these kids lived!
I asked the teen why she and her friends would travel so far to celebrate.
She explained that not many venues wanted to accommodate this type of event.
I asked how many underage kids were attending.
She said half.
In addition to the legalities of children at a licensed venue, I wondered how many teachers and adults were assisting.
She replied zero!
Before & After
I’ve done plenty of ‘after parties’. And they sure don’t resemble their Hollywood counterparts.
The last one was in a private house:
- No security.
- Teens staggering around intoxicated.
- Young girls with minimal clothing.
- Some with underwear round their ankles.
The kids had also trashed some local shops. Three police units attended. Parents were present, but did nothing. Too busy enjoying themselves.
Secondary schools (colleges) can no longer ignore students who plan and attend post-formal events.
Schools are accountable.
These kids are from your school.
You must be proactive and help plan these events.
Otherwise, it’ll come back to haunt you as the next tragedy unfolds.
Naomi Oakley, Managing Director, U-NOME Security Communication Specialists.