Teenagers And Raves
June 4, 2011
Teenagers And Raves
“Raves are the focus of a youth-oriented subculture that blends music, art, and social ideals” (e.g., peace, love, unity, respect, tolerance, happiness). Last year there were several raves that attracted over 200,000 teenagers, such as the Electric Daisy Carnival (Maddaus, 2011) that was held in Los Angeles, California. Even though a rave is a place for a teenager to socialize among their age group while listing to the latest techno music, a rave is an unsafe place to attend for a teenager, because of the lack of security and the amount of drugs that are highly prevalent.
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Some Raves draw crowds over 200,000 people and the amount of security is not enough. In a recent article Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon mentions “Most large raves are understaffed in security and the promoter is unwillingly to hire off duty police officers to maintain the safety of the partygoers, which results in numerous arrest that could have been prevented” (Kayian, 2010). With large overcrowding it is always an issue with safety of the attendees? Raves always attract large crowds, whether if they are held in a backyard or at a held major venue.
Most news about a rave is bad. Most articles seem to point on issues with the problems at the event do to overcrowding or security issues, but also talk about how the city and the promoters are making tons of money of these type of an event and are cutting corners. A recent California measure would ban a rave at a public facility only if certain requirements are met. In a recent article in the Daily Bee Newspaper states “It would also prohibit raves on private property unless organized by someone licensed to operate a bar, entertainment venue or similar business and has the city approval of all security issues addressed” (Siders, J)
The most important reason a rave is an unsafe place to attend for a teenager is because it is a place where drugs are prevalent. According to recent statistics, “Ten percent of teens report that they have attended a rave, ecstasy and other drugs were available at more than two-thirds of these raves” (ADASK). Another example that shows that raves are unsafe place to attend for a teenager is that most raves do not check I.D, even if there is an age requirement and drugs are smuggled in without any checking or scanning by security equipment. Most teenagers know that they can bring in almost anything they want without being checked.
In a recent rave in Los Angeles, California a teenager died of a drug overdose causes by the drug Ecstasy, friends said she never tried drugs before and believes she consumed a bottle water that someone laced with the drug. Because of this action a temporary...