25 November, 2014. 12:14
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Clancy@betootaadvocate.com
FOLLOWING our article on Tuesday regarding the secularisation of a Christian Red Frogs volunteer at the Gold Coast’s Schoolies celebrations, the standard of behaviour from the excited party-goers has been gradually worsening.
On day three of the event, considered a school leaver’s rite of passage, over 300 people were arrested on 412 charges, mainly for drugs, public nuisance and brawling.
Thirty of those arrested were allegedly involved in an early morning brawl, verging on a riot.
162 non-schoolies have been banned from Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach under the Safe Night Out strategy – compared with only six schoolies.
Queensland Police Service Gold Coast district chief superintendent Des Lucky said non-schoolies – referred to as toolies – were “not helping the situation”
“Toolies are the last thing we want to worry about, at this very moments theres about one hundred seventeen year-old boys walking down the main strip with their tackle out. There has been a really weird batch of pingers down here. We are used to drugs on the Gold Coast.. but apparently the kids that are visiting us aren’t.”
Des Lucky says they have brought in 1000 extra police from interstate to help combat the behaviour that has arisen after the “new batch” arrived yesterday, he said there is no way anyone can predict how these kids will act once they take the dodgy ecstacy tablets.
“They could get naked, they could start a fight, there’s no way to tell. The Red Frogs are astounded… they’ve been helping with Schoolies Week for nearly twenty years and now the boss is telling me he doesn’t think they’ll be back next year”
One particular school leaver known as “Ned” has spoken out about how the Schoolies drug market landed him in trouble. Ned says he ended up in the watch-house over his peculiar behaviour, something he says was fuelled by the drugs”
“I only did about six pingers, I had a few more I was willing to do but I just lost the plot completely. Apparently I was try to pull a mounted cop off his horse… I don’t even remember seeing horses!”
Ned says that while it might sound funny, his behaviour has him looking at atleast five years in a maximum security prison, after being tried as an adult.
“This is not how I pictured things, I was hoping to go to Canada for a bit this year, now it looks like I’m going to jail”
However, all the doom and gloom being presented by the Queensland Police and Red Frogs has been undermined by Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate.
Tate thinks the behaviour is “classic” and hopes to see more of it.
“What we have here is a bunch of excited teens, putting a heap of money through the Gold Coast, and learning life lessons. Sure they party-hard, sure they go too far sometimes… but you need to learn these things in life. I’m not going to condemn them. I would have been the same.
The celebrations are expected to last until the end of this week, at which point another wave will roll in from New South Wales.