High-rise snooze lands 'schoolie' in hot water

Last updated 14:11 20/11/2012
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A drunk Australian high school graduate has been kicked out of a Gold Coast apartment block after been caught catching some shut-eye on a ledge of the high rise building.

Cameron Cox, 18, was snapped taking a nap on the unfenced 11th floor ledge yesterday during the week-long party known as "schoolies", where teens celebrate their end of high school years. The photo was shared online.

He's told the media he was drunk at the time and climbed out a window for the thrill, and to get some fresh air.

But if he'd rolled over he would have plummeted to his death.

The prank has ended his end of school celebrations, with the Hawaiian Holiday Apartments at Surfers Paradise saying he's been ordered to leave.

''I didn't think it would get this much attention. My dad might be a bit angry when he finds out, but we'll see,'' he said.

Chaplaincy group Red Frogs, which supports school-leavers who converge on the Gold Coast for the celebration, said the organisation has been trying to educate students about the dangers of climbing balconies, which was known as ''ledge walking''.

''Guys don't grow a brain until they're 30, so don't egg them on, particularly when they've got the happy juice in them. They make dumb decisions to show off,'' Red Frogs national director Mark Gourley said.

He said Red Frogs was warning schoolies not to encourage their mates to take risks during celebrations.

''For the girls, don't yell off the balcony encouraging the boys to do dumb things ... there's an artificial hype around schoolies that you get caught up in ... don't sacrifice your future for a week,'' he said.

Balcony falls have resulted in at least five deaths in the past 12 months on the Gold Coast, including three incidents in October.

The photograph of the incident emerged shortly after a 17-year-old labourer from Brisbane was taken to hospital suffering a suspected drug overdose after partying with former school mates at Circle of Cavill apartments.

The 17-year-old was taken to Gold Coast Hospital in a stable condition after taking a cocktail of alcohol and what is believed to have been ecstasy.

Nearly 100 school-leavers came to the attention of police on the third night of Schoolies Week celebrations on the Gold Coast, mainly for public nuisance offences and drinking alcohol in a public place.

However, police said this year's schoolies have been largely well-behaved so far, with seven less arrests overnight than at the same night last year.

Sixteen teenage boys were arrested, while 78 graduates were caught drinking alcohol in public and issued with fines.

School-leavers caught drinking in public can be issued with a minimum on-the-spot fine of $110 in Queensland.

Meanwhile, 36 non-schoolies were arrested on 48 charges.

High school graduates converge on the Gold Coast for Schoolies Week each year to celebrate the graduating from high school.

- Brisbane Times and AAP

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