February 12, 2013 - 3:46 PM
By Jessica Wallace
An end of the year celebration for Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack volleyball players turned ugly over the long weekend with unwanted guests, multiple fights, too many drunks and plenty of police.
The mens and ladies teams gathered Saturday night to mark the end of another season at the home of Kamloops player Robyn Smith, 19. She said the party naturally landed at her home on Lodgepole Drive in Pineview because she was the only player from Kamloops.
Between the two teams, they expected about 40 or 50 people and Smith's 42-year-old mother agreed to chaperone the event. But then friends invited friends and that's when things got out of hand. An unexpected group of students from her high school showed up and she allowed them to stay. She won't do that again. Within hours, people were fighting in the streets, disturbing neighbours and left a bloody mess staining the concrete stairs to the home.
Several RCMP patrol vehicles arrived around 1 a.m. Sunday morning to break up a brawl and send people home, including one with a bloody nose and banged up face. When the cops arrived on the scene, however, the hosts didn't hide away or worry over potential trouble they could face — they were relieved.
"I phoned the cops," said Jared Mitchell, Smith's 19-year-old boyfriend. He said it started off as a safe and fun time but escalated when a group of underage high school kids known for making trouble turned up. Eggs were smashed in the kitchen, and before long, punches flew in two isolated incidents.
"There was six to eight (people) that really wanted to fight anyone," Mitchell said. "It's always that group of mischievous kids looking for a fight."
The party hosts recognized the problem and attempted to solve it with several attempts to kick out the rambunctious group. At one point, they pushed the group outside and held the front door shut only to realize one of their own had also been pushed outside. They opened the door once more to find their friend beaten and bloody on the front steps. He sustained minor head wounds.
An 18-year-old man was arrested after trying to hide under a police car and a 20-year-old was arrested an hour and a half later after staggering back to the residence, post-party. Both were taken to the drunk tank to sober up and released the following day without charges.
The party hosts still have some repairs to do: patch two holes in the wall, fix a broken picture frame and window screen, tend to some head injuries and return lots and lots of bottles and cans. But they know it could have been worse, too. Smith said her mother was stressed over the event, but looking back, they are grateful for the chaperone because the situation would have escalated further without her support. It was a necessary precaution.
"She said, 'Next time we have it, it's invite only.'"
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