With the recent release of the film, Project X, many young adults are attempting to copy the movies events and host a party of the century as shown in the film.
A party, which attracted between 500 to 1,000 guests occurred in Houston recently over spring break to copy the party thrown in Project X, but ended early one Wednesday morning after multiple guests fired guns, killing one person as police tried to control and break up the party. The male victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston.
For those of you unfamiliar with the events of the movie, it follows three high school students who throw the ultimate “anything goes” party that spirals out of control. In the movie, a damaged home and a couple bad hangovers are the only consequences the characters suffered, but recently a group of copycat parties have caused over $100,000 in real damage and a handful of arrests in the Houston area.
Trash cans of spiked punch, wet foam soaked the floor. women wore bathing suits (sounds like my kind of party). News of the party quickly spread on Facebook and Twitter, attracting a large turnout at the abandoned mansion, surrounded by a field. Around midnight, police responded to a noise disturbance at the home and shut don the party.
Willie Armstrong, who was at the party, witnessed the shooting. “The gunman was just walking, and he pulled out a gun and started shooting, like for no reason. He shot the boy in the bak o the head and fell on the ground. He started shooting at the crowds, but then he ran though the field.”
Sadly, officers pursued the gunman on foot, but were unable to apprehend him.
It comes to a point in the media when today’s youth should understand what is intended for entertainment, and what is allowed in society. I’m certain that warnings were posted during the film and on movie posters for teens and other people to refrain from attempting to reenact any scenes from the movie.
It’s terrible news in our career path to hear that because of something we created for visual entertainment purposes, humans have died. I wouldn’t want to hear this after shooting a film.
However, as mentioned before, teens need to be morally sound enough to know their limits in public. Be prepared for the worst if you write Project X across your wall, and write “break me” on all the windows. That movie you felt so inspired by, it will soon be yours.