Seven teens arrested on first night of Gold Coast Schoolies

Schoolies celebrations kicked off on the Gold Coast overnight, with thousands of teens packing the glitter strip.

It appears most school leavers were well-behaved, with only seven Schoolies arrested on 15 charges.

All of the charges related to drug possession and all of the teens were male.


However it was our paramedics who were put to the test, with 50 Schoolies assessed at the on-site Emergency Treatment Centre in Surfers Paradise.

Those treated included 27 females and 23 males, with only three patients requiring further assessment at hospital.

Police say that while they were generally pleased with the behaviour of schoolies, drugs continue to be a big concern.

“It is timely to remind the community that the possession and consumption of illicit drugs is illegal. Not only is it illegal – it is also dangerous and could have fatal consequences,” police said.

“Police will not hesitate and continue to take enforcement action against anyone found in possession of, supplying, trafficking or producing dangerous drugs.”

Last year in 2018, for the same time frame, there were six Schoolies arrested.

Eleven Toolies were also arrested within the precinct overnight.

The majority of the non-schoolies arrested related to drug and public nuisance offences.