Worried about staying safe at Schoolies? The best thing you can do is stay close to your mates, especially when you’re out and about. If you ever find yourself in trouble, you can count on your friends to help out and you should do the same for them.
While at Schoolies, it's also a good idea to:
My friends and I were drinking at our apartment and decided to head down to the beach party. We had already agreed on a plan to look out for each other.
We had been dancing on the beach for a while when a group of older guys walked past, whistling and calling out to us, so we waved them over to join us.
My friend started feeling really sick all of a sudden and puked everywhere. Everyone started laughing, but one of the guys came over and asked if she was OK and started leading her away from our group. A couple of us started to follow her but he said they didn't need to worry ‘cause he'd look after her.
What should I do?
As tempting as it is to go back to dancing, don’t leave your friends alone with someone you don’t know well. You don't know what their motives are. Make sure you and your friends have a safety plan and stick to it. Make sure everyone has their phones with them and call them if you don’t know where they are or who they are with.
Remember that, like you, most schoolies are out to have a great time and celebrate finishing school, but not everyone deserves your trust if you don’t know them.
* Real names have not been used.