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Dumb Teen Posts Intimate Cupcake Gathering To Facebook, Hundreds More Show Up And Throw Colossal House Party

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teens partyingI’m embarrassed to say that when I was a teenager I gave my parents a pretty hard time when it came to unwanted guests in the house. It was a bone of contention between my mom and I all through my high school years. Compared to what happened to this Aptos Hills, California family, however, my little get togethers were child’s play.

What was supposed to be a fun movie and cupcake night between four friends quickly turned into a disaster when news of a “house party” got out on social media and via text messages. The night began when homeowner Michelle Hirschaut’s 16-year-old daughter invited three friends over. One of the friends posted about the get together on Facebook and it snow balled from there. The initial posts drew hundreds of teens to the home and led to tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Thankfully Hirschaut’s daughter managed to flee the home with her dog and called 911, along with many of her neighbors. The party was broken up by police around midnight and an 18-year-old boy, Anthony Arroyo, was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon and burglary.

I hope whichever kid posted about the party has their social media privileges taken away for a while. I’m not saying he or she meant for this to happen, but social media has the capacity to be dangerous when used irresponsibly. Case in point.

Be careful what you put out there, you never know how many people you are reaching.

(Photo: Patrizia Tilly / Shutterstock)

6 Comments

  1. Raeronola

    June 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    To be fair, when I was in high school we barely had cell phones, much less texting, facebook or twitter, and I once threw a small gathering that snowballed into a crazy houseparty of over 200 people. Someone even took a dump in the closet. I think this is just typical high school.

  2. LiteBrite

    June 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “I hope whichever kid posted about the party has their social media
    privileges taken away for a while. I’m not saying he or she meant for
    this to happen, but social media has the capacity to be dangerous when
    used irresponsibly. Case in point.”

    I don’t think it’s fair to imply or outright state (as in the headline) that the teen who originally posted about the cupcake party was “dumb.” I mean, that’s what Facebook is for: to post things you have going on in your life, even if it’s just a small get-together. I’m sure she was just posting about something she was doing that night and never meant for it to spiral out of control.

    The real asshat is the person (and people) who took an innocent post about a cupcake get-together and turned it into a ginormous house party.

    • once upon a time

      June 12, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Couldn’t agree more. How is a “Hey, look at us baking!” post irresponsible?

  3. StormCat

    June 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Ok, so a bunch of kids show up at a house thinking there is a party. Who opened the door and let them in? If someone shows up uninvited and unwanted to my house, I don’t let them in. If they try to force their way, I call the police immediately and get the shotgun. Sounds to me like this girl wanted to be popular and threw a party only to have it backfire and get out of control.

    • Daisy

      June 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Agreed. Of all the times I’ve ever posted a pic of a few friends and me having a little cookie-baking night or some such, nobody has ever thought, “Heyyy, that looks like a fun thing to crash!” nor can I imagine anyone ever doing so. I also can’t imagine a crowd of them showing up on our doorstep (or knowing where we live), and I definitely can’t imagine them forcing their way in and starting a raging party. There has GOT to be more to this story than that.

    • once upon a time

      June 12, 2013 at 12:29 am

      I very highly doubt that the hundreds of guests showed up one at a time. I remember when I went to parties in high school, a bunch of us would meet up at someone’s house and then travel to the party together, sometimes in a group of twenty or more.

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