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Teen's parents may pay for out of control of party
PM - Monday, 14 January , 2008 18:18:00
Reporter: Daniel Hoare
ASHLEY HALL: It sounds like the plot of a B-grade American movie: with Mum and Dad away on holiday, their teenage son throws a party for 500 people in the backyard.
But it's a crushing reality for two Melbourne parents whose 16-year-old son drew a rowdy and drunken crowd at the weekend after advertising his party on the Internet and via text messages.
And what's more, Mum and Dad may soon be hit with a $20,000 bill to cover the cost of the police response.
Daniel Hoare has this report.
DANIEL HOARE: If 16-year-old teenager, Corey from Melbourne's Narre Warren South can chalk up one achievement for the week, it's probably the fact he's most likely to be the first ever Melbourne teenager to have both the Acting Premier and the Police Commissioner address the media about his latest house party.
ROB HULLS: When mum and dad aren't home, sometime you act in ways that you wouldn't act if they were home.
DANIEL HOARE: They were prophetic words from Victoria's Acting Premier Rob Hulls today, but he was several days late.
Corey's party, on Saturday night had been widely advertised using the social networking website MySpace and via mobile phone text messages.
With mum and dad away sunning themselves in Queensland, Corey was using the family home to accommodate the sort of party most teenagers dream of: 500 guests, some friends, some strangers, and most heavily under the influence of alcohol.
ROB HULLS: This is obviously a party that got out of control and I have no doubt that there'll be some very stern words said by the parents to the son. I think the kid's going to come in for an ear-bashing.
DANIEL HOARE: Rob Hulls was full of understatement as he addressed the media about Corey's big party.
But the Police Commissioner Christine Nixon wasn't mincing words.
Many of her colleagues were invited to Corey's party, but it was by the neighbours on the night rather than through a text message from Corey himself.
CHRISTINE NIXON: That young man invited hundreds of people to his house, not responsible at all in any way, 500 people turned up and caused great harm to the community.
DANIEL HOARE: In layman's terms, "great harm to the community" means the throwing of glass and bricks, the breaking of letter boxes, the shouting of obscenities, drunkenness and damage to police cars.
Many of Corey's neighbours were terrified:
NEIGHBOUR 1: There was jumping on cars, just horrendous, you know? Just like a football crowd, the noise was really bad.
NEIGHBOUR 2: Just hundreds of kids, big groups, large groups coming up and down the street and they were basically throwing bottles, smashing things, picking bricks up and smacking them against the lamp-posts.
NEIGHBOUR 3: And we had people in our front lawn, just trying to rip that metal stake out of the ground.
NEIGHBOUR 4: Just was out of control. Just didn't quieten down for a couple of hours. The police helicopter was up about, looking around.
DANIEL HOARE: But as the host of perhaps Melbourne's biggest ever teen party, Corey from Narre Warren isn't able to recall much of the big night.
COREY: I can't remember. I was just off my head. Can't remember. (Laughs)
DANIEL HOARE: Police Commissioner Christine Nixon might be able to fill in the blanks for Corey when she considers sending his family the bill for use of police resources, including a helicopter, and damage to police property.
CHRISTINE NIXON: I understand he's 16-years-old, and many young people at 16 don't quite deal with the implications of their actions well enough. But I think he needs to learn a lesson, and I think that one way or another, we'll do that.
ASHLEY HALL: Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon ending Daniel Hoare's report.