The rise of the ‘hatecrasher’

Young. Strong. Spiteful. Vicious. Terrifying. When it comes to gatecrashers, I’ve seen it all. But now I’m witnessing a new level of violence – fuelled by a blind, searing hatred of everyone and everything. This disturbing shift is so pronounced, I’m calling these intruders ‘hatecrashers’. This word isn’t in any dictionary. But if we don’t…

Teen dreaming

I’m concerned at the growing number of licensed venues being used for teen parties. They raise issues parents need to know. Venues see teen events as easy money, but rarely convey the legal implications to parents. Two weeks ago, another gatecrasher horror story hit the media. A venue is liable for the event it hosts.…

Off the rails

I don’t usually post on Sundays, but a terrifying incident last night compels me to issue a dire warning. If you’re a teen, or have a teen child, please read on. I was working at an 18th birthday party in Melbourne’s east. At 9 pm, two 16-year-old girls arrived. I noticed that one girl was…

Your taxes at work

Even when I warned him his party would spiral out of control, a Wheelers Hill kid ignored my advice and held a party last weekend. As I predicted, it turned ugly. And the emergency services response cost tax payers (you and me) a small fortune. Words of warning The boy rang me last Thursday to…

All the Wrong Moves

  There’s a right way and a wrong way. The wrong way costs MUCH more. Girl Talk A young girl rang and asked if I could provide crowd control for an after-formal party for 400 teens in an inner-Melbourne factory area. She couldn’t believe I was concerned when she told me: The school didn’t want…

Out on a Limb

The Deadly Dangers of Balconies Crash! Last night in Sydney, a balcony packed with people collapsed at a teen party. Around 20 guests fell more than two metres – many sustaining injuries. Two ambulance helicopters and several road ambulances ferried them to hospital. We could have prevented it all. Prevention When my company conducts a…

Another Bloody Tragedy

Yet another poor teenage girl dead at a party. Yet more Police officers injured at another. So many of these event-based tragedies could be easily prevented. So when will it end? It’ll end when Parents take charge. Parents who care for their kids will read this post. Parents: You are in control, not teenagers. You…

Death of the Party

Another Tragedy This week I read with utter dismay that yet another teenager had lost her life at a party which didn’t have adequate security measures. Two men also became violently ill on what’s thought to be gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). This so-called ‘recreational’ drug has an appropriate nickname of Grievous Bodily Harm. Escalating Problem Recreational drugs…

Tragic Loss Prevention

On hearing of last weekend’s horrific car crash, I was as shocked as the rest of our community. I did some checking and learned the kids were coming home from a private party, close to the crash scene. Also confirmed was the information I dreaded: these kids were fleeing gate crashers who’d arrived at the…