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Heavy drinking, alcohol possession offences at North Shore ‘grad sleepovers’
Beer and spirits in hand, teens were ready to celebrate the beginning of the school year at “grad sleepovers” on the North Shore this long weekend.
But police were ready for the annual campouts and late-night parties that take place at parks outside high schools, pouring out alcohol and handing out tickets for possession.
On Monday night, a group of students gathered in Caulfield, in the 4700-block of Woodgreen Drive near Cypress Falls Park. Police officers, who were seen pouring out alcohol, were particularly concerned that parents were spotted dropping off their teens.
At another gathering, on the 100-block of Millstream Road, a “heavily intoxicated” teenage girl was checked and returned to her parents.
Partying still hadn’t died down at 5:30 a.m. when a noise complaint came in from the 600-block of Esquimalt. Officers arrived to find a group of teens making their way home.
In North Vancouver, police charged six teens for having alcohol and had “numerous” others pour it out.
“We got information from parents and homeowners who alerted us to youth gathering together so we were able to deal with it in a timely manner,” said North Van RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong.
Parents have become more involved in warning their teens about the effects of alcohol and keeping track of them during pre-grad party season, De Jong added.
No teens in North Van were reported to have suffered from alcohol poisoning, he told The Outlook, which can be very severe and lead the body to go into shock.