Father hands son to police after Facebook drugs post
A Belfast teenager was dragged to the local police station by his father after posting a picture of drink and drugs on his Facebook page.
Joe McCool was so angry with his son Rian that he took the drastic action. The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
Rian was one of 10,000 revellers attending Thursday night’s concert at the Odyssey Arena, where Dutch DJ Hardwell was the headline act.
Rian posted the picture showing a bottle of cider, a bottle of vodka, five packets of white powder and one packet of blue pills. His dad was made aware of it in the early hours of Friday morning and decided the best thing to do was to make his son face up to his actions.
A friend of Mr McCool tweeted: “I just left PSNI station with Joe McCool. He handed his son in because he saw the photo his son posted on FB. His actions took courage.”
Rian was not the only youngster who got into trouble that night. Police say that more than 300 people were refused entry to the over-16s gig, for being underage or intoxicated.
Thousands of teenagers were drinking heavily in and around the venue. Several fights broke and more than 100 people needed treatment from medics.
The police are investigating the events that occurred during the concert, but the Odyssey Arena general manager Adrian Doyle said: “Incident levels inside the Odyssey Arena before, during and after the Hardwell concert were at normal levels for an event of this size and nature, and were managed effectively at all times by staff.”
Mr McCool’s actions follow a similar story recently, in which a mother in Scotland tried to warn youngsters of the dangers of alcohol by posting a picture of her son unconscious and covered in vomit after he had taken part in a NekNomination challenge.
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