WA Police are urging school leavers to have ‘no regrets’

Police Minister Liza Harvey.
Police Minister Liza Harvey.

WA Police is urging school leavers to have “no regrets” as they embark on their annual pilgrimage of debauchery to Dunsborough and Rottnest.

Thousands of year 12 students will complete their final exams next week, before heading off to celebrate the end of school with friends.

But too often the event can turn sour, with alcohol and drug arrests blighting the experience for many.

WA Police Acting Commander John Ballantyne said making the wrong choices would sour what should be a joyful time for teens.

“I want to see our school leavers having a great time with their mates, celebrating what is an important milestone in their lives,” Acting Commander Ballantyne said.

“I urge everyone to look after each other.

“My main message to school leavers is simple: when you look back at this time in the years to come, I want you to be able to look back on good memories, not regrets.

“One simple mistake now, such as getting caught with illicit drugs, or taking stupid risks while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, could have a big impact on future career and travel plans.”

Acting Commander Ballantyne urged parents of leavers to be vigilant.

“Now is the time to talk about potential risks with your son or daughter,” he said.

“Make sure they are well prepared to make informed decisions, and keep in touch with them during their trip.

“Make sure they have someone they feel comfortable talking to available at all times.”

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