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Trail RCMP monitor Unsanctioned Bush Party ‘Stag Night’

What follows is compiled from a couple of RCMP media releases. It shows how they dealt with an event from before it happened to after. (emphasis added by me)

On May 28, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP were made aware that an unsanctioned Grade 11 and 12 known as “Stag Night” will be taking place tonight in the Pend’Oreille near the Seven Mile Dam, in Trail, BC. 

During this event, there will be the consumption of alcohol by minors and “hazing” of the younger people attending this party. The “hazing” consists of paddling younger students (Grade 11 and below) with wooden paddles. 

The RCMP will be setting up an inspection check point on Seven Mile Dam Road with the intention of inspecting all vehicles attending this bush party under the authority of the Liquor Licencing and Control Act. The RCMP will be seizing alcohol in possession of minors and that will believed to be consumed by minors. This may include seizing excess liquor from adults attending the party if it is believed that it will be consumed by youth.  Any wooden paddles may be seized as a weapon due to their purpose to assault other students.

The RCMP want to ensure the event is a safe event and good time for all in attendance.  The RCMP would like to remind those of the recent tragedy early this year in this area in which two youth died in a motor vehicle accident on Seven Mile Dam Road.  The RCMP asked everyone to use good judgment during this event.  The BC Liquor Inspector has been contacted and may be in attendance to this event.

In response to an ask for clarification by media: … expand on the hazing. One cannot willingly consent to being assaulted with a weapon.  If the RCMP received a complaint from a student who was padded [sic], we will have to conduct a criminal investigation into Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code.

May 29, 2019
Last night the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted two inspection check points and checked approximately 80 vehicles.  As a result the police seized:

  • 1 bottle of 1.14 litre of hard alcohol
  • 375 ml bottles of hard alcohol x 4
  • 88 cans of alcoholic coolers/hard ice treat and lemonade type beverages.
  • 1 mini-bottle of Peach Schnapps
  • 16 beer

Warnings were provided to two drivers for driving without their “N”. The students all had dedicated sober drivers to take them to and from the site.  Each student was warned that paddling another student would be considered an offence of Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code. No paddles were located during vehicles searches.  The RCMP will follow up with an education talk with the JL Crowe High School students at a future date.