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Thousands of schoolies have descended on the Gold Coast for schoolies week.

It’s that time of year again; thousands of year 12 students around the country have headed to the coast to celebrate the end of exams and party hard for a week and fun and freedom.

But once again it appears some have already taken it too far with police confirming drug related arrests, underage drinking, fights and dangerous behaviour.

Overnight a video was released showing a teenage girl walking on the wrong side of a balcony ledge on one of the Gold Coast’s many high rise buildings.

Her friends watching on and filming can be heard saying “This isn’t going to be funny when she falls,” while the girl jokes around and walks dangerously close to the edge.

Of cause this kind of behaviour isn’t new to schoolies; in 2012 a 17-year-old girl tragically died after falling from a balcony in Surfers Paradise.

So why haven’t the kids learned anything from their predecessors and is it wrong to encourage them all to head off for a week of wild partying every year?

While the majority of the teens who go to schoolies stay safe and are responsible to a certain degree, in such an intense environment it’s easy for things to quickly get out of control.

Another problem that has been quite an issue for police this year is the number of ‘toolies’ (older party-goers who are in their 20s and beyond) showing up at schoolies events and supplying drugs, starting fights or causing a nuisance.

While the kids who go to schoolies all deserve a well-earned break after slogging it through a tough year of schooling, is it time we find a new way for them to celebrate?

There are a number of organisations in place to help keep them safe while they are at schoolies, but every year hundreds of teens slip through the cracks and end up injured, sick or worse.

There are calls from some to change things up before it’s too late and someone else is tragically killed, while others say it’s up to the kids to decide how they want to celebrate.

What do you think?

Should schoolies be banned? Or do we just have to accept that sometimes bad things will happen at schoolies?

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  1. Of course it SHOULD be!

    But it WON’T be because it brings in too much MONEY to the GC!
    Who says money isn’t the ‘root of all evil’?

    It’s pretty scary, watching these drunken, & drugged-out fools of children doing their immature best!
    They’re the State’s future ‘leading lights’!
    Heaven help us!

    My son never went as wasn’t interested, & my daughter stayed two days’, & came home, stating it was just SO boring, as the shenanigans’ didn’t interest her.

    The amount of Taxpayer money that has to be wasted on security for the length of it could be put to much better use!

  2. If these so called young adults cannot behave and control themselves then real adults and people in authority should intervene. But that might mean a loss of the big bucks. So money over young lives and let the school leavers act as stupid as they want as long as they bring in the dollars to Qld. If this is not the attitude from people in authority why is it still going on?

  3. It isn’t a rock concert, it’s a high spirited party where, as the story says, “the majority of the teens who go to schoolies stay safe and are responsible to a certain degree”.
    Why should these kids be penalised due to the recklessness of the few?
    Stop this nanny-state mentality. Some kids will get drunk and do stupid things, whether at schoolies or at home.
    In saying that, I do support raising the alcohol limit to 21. I know it would be unpopular, but I believe it would go towards solving a lot of the problems we have in our society.

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    • It isn’t a rock concert, it’s a high spirited party where, as the story says, “the majority of the teens who go to schoolies stay safe and are responsible to a certain degree”.
      Why should these kids be penalised due to the recklessness of the few?
      Stop this nanny-state mentality. Some kids will get drunk and do stupid things, whether at schoolies or at home.
      In saying that, I do support raising the alcohol limit to 21. I know it would be unpopular, but I believe it would go towards solving a lot of the problems we have in our society.
      One final comment, the media is to blame for all this negative publicity. How about focussing on the kids who are just having a good time without getting drunk? Display some positive role models so that the young ones have an example of behaviour to emulate.

  4. Binge drinking, drugs, unprotected sex and other mindless ‘peer group’ pressure acts …
    so what !! Think back 50 years everyone. Didn’t we all ‘sow our wild oats’ and survive ?
    Perhaps a bit flippant Guy, but let’s all give our grandkids a bit of a break. I bet you that
    99% of these kids have a lovely time up there and don’t cause any problems whatsoever.

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    • I, for one, ‘didn’t sow any wild oats’. Bit difficult!
      I finished School, went on a School organised holiday Bus Trip to the Snowy Mtns, which I enjoyed immensely.

      Came back to a job, & was gainfully employed for the next 43 years’, until Retirement.
      No dole, ever, either!

  5. I am so sick of hearing the words “Ban it”. What is wrong with everyone? Why do you think that we end up with a society full of people who have no idea about life, risk management or common sense when all the do gooders (who never had a drink or a drug and never cut loose and who lived a completely wholesome, straight and god fearing life LOL) think that the answer to everything is to ban it. Let them drink, take drugs, ledge walk and cut loose. The clever ones will survive it and the ones who don’t? thats called natural selection. As mentioned in the article, the vast majority have a great time with no more consequence than a headache in the morning.
    If you are worried about your kids, then teach them how to behave and how to deal with the world. If little johnny doesnt get it, thats your fault and not the fault of the “vast majority”. Stop blaming society for your parental failings.

  6. I am so sick of hearing the words “Ban it”. What is wrong with everyone? Why do you think that we end up with a society full of people who have no idea about life, risk management or common sense when all the do gooders (who never had a drink or a drug and never cut loose and who lived a completely wholesome, straight and god fearing life LOL) think that the answer to everything is to ban it. Let them drink, take drugs, ledge walk and cut loose. The clever ones will survive it and the ones who don’t? thats called natural selection. As mentioned in the article, the vast majority have a great time with no more consequence than a headache in the morning.
    If you are worried about your kids, then teach them how to behave and how to deal with the world. If little johnny doesnt get it, thats your fault and not the fault of the “vast majority”. Stop blaming society for your parental failings.

  7. When I completed High School, there was no such thing as “schoolies”. It is nothing more than an excuse for bad behaviour – people getting drunk, taking drugs, brawls and stupidity.

  8. Unfortunately the younger generation is now that narcissistic that they think the world revolves around them and they are invincible. No thought to those who have to put up with their idiotic behaviour or those who have the job of cleaning up after them. Ie, Needles, broken glass, vomit, excrement those who overdose plus those who get into fights or fall over or off things.

  9. Schoolies is a blight on our society, based on the greed of venues and outrageous demands of children. How much damage, including unwanted babies does it cause? It also teaches children that it’s OK to run wild, instead of getting on with a job or higher education.

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    • Who pays for the so called “schoolies” air fares, accommodation etc etc. Surely they would have beeñ too busy with school
      work to have part time employment-if they could get it. Are they all high achievers who have reached or surpassed their goals? I really don’t think so. Maybe when they go out into “the real world” these princes & princesses might work out that they are not entitled to anything & more hard work in the future is required. Ditto with gap years, unless they pay for it

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      • Their wealthy parents’ pay, of course, AND supply as much grog as their offspring want to guzzle!

        Irresponsibly DISGUSTING , in every way!

  10. How can you stop people having a holiday in a certain place in this free country?

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