Schoolies on best behaviour
CHAPLAINS and police who worked during schoolies week at Surfers Paradise said the Queensland teens were significantly tamer than previous years.
Chaplain and youth worker Alex Walter said the majority of schoolies were there last week to have fun rather than get drunk.
"There was nowhere near as many people intoxicated as last year and nowhere near the amount of injuries," she said.
Mrs Walter has been involved in Red Frogs and street chaplaincy for the past four years.
She said the behaviour of last year's schoolies was as intense as they had expected and the years prior were no different.
"A lot more kids were heavily-intoxicated, there were more accidents and people were jumping off fences, causing dislocated bones," she said.
Superintendent Paul Ziebarth said Queensland schoolies week was relatively uneventful.
"Our progressive total of arrests is very similar within a small number of last year's arrests," he said.
He said Friday night was the busiest of the week, but was surprised at the small number of arrests and charges.
"We had 61 arrests on 70 charges, 22 of which were schoolies. Overall, the night was still relatively uneventful," he said.
On Saturday night 44 people were arrested on 52 charges.
"For us, it was business as usual in Surfers Paradise and no particular startling result came out of that," said Supt Ziebarth.
One schoolie, Jenna Watson, 17, said she wasn't surprised by the good behaviour of her friends.
"Anyone who drank too much was just asking for a ticket," she said.