Imagine the life of a teen in 2014. What do you see? A young man stumbling out of bed and sending his first sext before he even reaches his chewed gum and Toy Machine sticker covered doorway? A young lady calling somebody she knows from Twitter a "basic bitch" on an app you've never heard of? An emoji with a backwards baseball cap high on Molly? If you add some glow sticks to the last one, you have parents' new worst nightmare: "glow parties."
"Glow parties," which are billed as alcohol-free, are open to kids as young as 16, and boast loud, pulsing music, glow sticks, and strobe lights. (Like nothing you've ever heard of before!) The apparently heavily-promoted "Hyperglow Party" that was planned for last Friday in in Sayreville, N.J., is an example of one of these teen nightmares. The event, tickets to which cost $40, was allegedly postponed due to "scheduling conflicts," but Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey claims that the party was halted due to pressure applied by his investigators.
The glow sticks, according to CBS New York, "have a purpose the uninitiated might not catch onto." Carey explains: "Glow or 'Hyperglow' is how it's billed, because the kids that use the pills — they use the fluorescent glow-type sticks that enhance the effects of the drug." (Molly is the glow stick-accompanying drug of choice.)
He adds, "The parents dropping their kids off at these venues better be prepared to pick them up at a precinct – police precinct, hospital, or perhaps morgue."
So parents: please, do your teens a favor and keep them at home. For a few years, maybe? Use your discretion, of course, but teens may just be safest at home until their mid-twenties.
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