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Teen stabbed at bush party

According to police a bush party for teens in the North Okanagan overnight on Saturday quickly got out of control and a person ended up getting stabbed.

At about 3:30 a.m. 911 received a call that a young man had been stabbed at the party in the Noble Canyon area.

“The victim was driven out of the bush by a friend and they met the ambulance at Hwy. 6 and he was driven to VJH,” explained RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

He suffered serious, but non life threatening injuries.

According to reports there were between 100 and 300 teens and young adults at the party.

“The police are asking anyone who either saw or knows anything about that stabbing to please call, we need to speak with you. The officers are not disclosing the extent or the location of the injuries at this time,” said Molendyk.

The RCMP feel this is a cautionary tale of how dangerous these parties can be, and they are warning the public to stay away.

“We are trying to make the message very clear that these parties are going to start to happen more and more and it is only a matter of time before we are reporting on something even more serious, and this is serious enough; we had someone stabbed as a result of one of these parties,” said Molendyk.

He warns that these are not the type of bush parties parents went to in their day.

“Individuals go there with a total malicious intent and they go there to make money by selling drugs or hurting someone. With 300 kids, there is no control.”

The party was brought to police attention moments before it began through social media. RCMP officers then conducted a road check in the area netting a large drug bust.

“That’s the scary aspect of these parties, there are overdoses of drugs and alcohol, fights and sexual assaults,” added Molendyk.

He also warns that hypothermia is something parents and teens need to remember.

“It is a serious issue this time of year, I mean kids were coming out at 9:30 in the morning so they were there all night long, you could fall down in the bush because of drugs and alcohol, and this time of year it is still cold."

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