According to police, 2,000 teens spent their Friday night partying at a not-yet-completed mansion in the Toronto suburb of Brampton. The event, dubbed #MansionParty on social media, reportedly caused nearly $70,000 worth of damage (in American dollars) before being shut down by police.
Words cannot express the full magnitude of the #MansionParty. Fortunately, social media can:
Mansion party https://t.co/h7I06edyBd— Glorico (@MichaelJamesCA) May 3, 2014
An unknown number of the revelers were arrested on assault and public drunkenness charges. Still, as might be expected, many of the teens seemed unconcerned by the legal consequences:
I watched a man get beat by a baseball bat . I watched windows break , swat pointing guns , K-9 unite released & it was great .#mansionparty— May 7th (@AnnieCranston) May 3, 2014
This devil-may-care response was not shared by the party's 17-year-old host, who called police after trying in vain to get everyone to go home.
According to a neighbor, the host told him beforehand he was "just going to have a small party." But even with a $5 cover, the appeal of #MansionParty could not be contained, as hundreds of teens swarmed the shindig after learning about it on social media.
"I thought that I could handle it," the 17-year-old host told the Globe and Mail. "I thought everything was under control. I didn't want this to happen."
His remorse stands in stark contrast to Australia's Corey Worthington, who gained viral fame in 2008 after refusing to apologize for a similar incident: