Vernon RCMP shut down 'large rave-style party'
What was booked as an alcohol-free high school dance party at the Vernon Recreation Centre, part of a ski trip to Kelowna organized by a third-party company based in Toronto, was actually, according to Vernon RCMP, a large rave-style event.
RCMP and City of Vernon bylaw officers attended the rec centre at 1 a.m. Sunday over a concern of extremely intoxicated youth they had encountered while on patrols around the vicinity.
Police said the party had an anticipated 800 attendees, a vast majority of them under the age of 18.
The party-goers were transported by bus to Vernon from a Kelowna hotel.
Officers who attended the party encountered what they called "a large rave-style event with a deejay, glow sticks, candy soothers and copious quantities of bottled water being consumed."
Four “extremely intoxicated or high” youth were in the first aid room. Ambulances were called to deal with their medical conditions.
Police report officers found empty baggies consistent with drug use as well as unconsumed pills resembling ecstasy, ketamine and ecstasy on the floor.
Police shut down the event.
Buses were called to return the students to Kelowna, however there were not enough buses to pickup everybody at one time, so two trips were made. Those students who did not get on a bus the first time were taken back into the rec centre.
Police and City of Vernon bylaws continue to investigate.
It is not clear if all of the people at the party were from out-of-town.
Vernon Recreation Services will be issuing a statement but are saying they will no longer take any third-party teen dance booking requests.
There was no damage done to the facility.
See more on this story in Wednesday’s Morning Star.