Dunedin high school pupils gatecrashing university student
parties have prompted concerned residents of an infamous
student street to call police.
Two grossly intoxicated schoolgirls were taken to the Dunedin
Central police station after a group of uninvited pupils
attended a Hyde St party last Saturday.
Southern police district deployment co-ordinator Senior
Sergeant Matt Scoles, of Dunedin, said residents contacted
police to report, ''We have all these kids in our house. Can
you get them out?''.
Police found two teenagers - aged 16 or 17 - so intoxicated
they were incapable of giving their addresses and were taken
into police custody to detox.
It was the latest in a series of incidents involving high
school pupils heading to the student quarter this year, Snr
Sgt Scoles said.
''They just find the closest party and just hook into it.''
Last month, police shut several large parties ''overrun''
with high school pupils in the student quarter.
''The area was full of high school [pupils] who were
wandering around campus and finding the first party they came
Police were concerned about the trend, which raised issues
for underaged and unsupervised teens, he said.
Officers were contacting the pupils' schools, and ''schools
need to be conveying the message that this is not the safest
environment for high school [pupils] to be in''.
Parents should also talk to their children and find out where
they were going.
Otago University Students' Association president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith said she was disappointed by the pupils'
actions, but praised the students involved.
''It is great students are being very responsible and
proactive, looking after them and making sure the police are
She urged high school pupils to ''just wait''.
''There is plenty of time to experience university life, but
when at high school your main focus should be in hanging out
with your high school friends and enjoying that experience.''