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Rec centre rave

A ‘teen dance’ gone bad kept Vernon RCMP officers busy early Sunday morning.

A group of teenagers from the lower mainland were up in Kelowna for a ski trip and attended a privately organized dance at the Vernon Rec Centre.

According to Director of Recreation Services Doug Ross, it was an event organized by a company in the lower mainland called and was supposed to be an alcohol and drug free event.

RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says on Sunday Jan 12 at about 1 a.m, Vernon By-laws and police attended the Vernon Recreation Centre over a concern of extremely intoxicated youth they had encountered while on patrols around the vicinity.

“This party had a DJ with an anticipated 800 attendees. Our officers who attended the party encountered a large rave-style DJ'd event with glow sticks, soothers, copious quantities of bottled water being consumed and a gathering of several hundred moderately to extremely intoxicated teens and young adults the majority under the age of 18,” explained Molendyk.

On top of that some of the teens had gone too far and were requiring medical attention.

“In the first aid room there were four extremely intoxicated (high) young people; one barely conscious. Ambulances were called to deal with the medical concerns of these young people,” says Molendyk.

While attending the event police found empty baggies consistent with drug use as well as unconsumed pills resembling ecstasy, Ketamine, and/or MDMA on the floor.

Event organizers were asked to end the rave immediately and bus the students back to their hotel rooms in Kelowna.

“Several youths informed members that there was a lot of MDMA use and there were certainly clear signs of MDMA use observed from the youths,” adds Molendyk.

Vernon Recreation’s Doug Ross says the group that organized the event met all their requirements regarding security and insurance, but did not fulfill their commitments.

“We do not condone this misuse of our facility,” said Ross, who added he would be sharing his ‘opinion’ with the organizing group today.

Ross also believes a lot of the students were under the influence before they even arrived on the property.

He says the students did clear out without issue and there was no damage caused to the rec centre.

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