The party movie of the year has inspired copycats to popup across the nation. Lubbock hosted it's very own Project X party this past Friday night. The event took place at the Old Town Ballroom in the Depot District.
The event gained momentum through a Facebook group that supplied all the information. People that were interested in attending were asked to text one of the organizers to schedule a meet-up to get the tickets. Over three thousand people belonged to the group and hundreds posted questions on it to score one of the coveted tickets.
Project X, which was released earlier this month, depicts a group of friends striving to gain popularity. They have the idea to throw a house party and it quickly spins out of control. Explosions, SWAT teams and even a Mercedes taking a dive into a swimming pool are some of the scenarios that play out in the absurd timeline of events.
Lubbock's Project X party may not have been that eventful, but the night did end with a police raid and three arrests. Isaac Reyna, 19 and Quentin Evans,21, were arrested for trespassing. Zachary Martinez, 17, was also arrested for possession of marijuana. The Lubbock Police Department issued numerous tickets to minors in possession on alcohol. As of now LPD says they are still investigating and haven't charged the venue for hosting the event or supplying alcohol to minors.
Amanda Eldredge of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says that's unacceptable.
"It's illegal to do that - there should be charges filed, but that's up to the police and investigators," Eldredge said.
Eldredge believes that underage drinking is a serious problem in the United States. She says that 6,000 teens die from alcohol a year and that drinking shouldn't be seen as a rite of passage.
"They don't look at what could really happen. They don't look at the whole picture. They just want to go out and have a good time with their friends," Eldredge says.
Eldredge says Friday night's event could have turned out a lot differently.
"When you're consuming alcohol, your judgements are impaired and there's no telling what could happen," Eldredge said.
Eldredge encourages teens to think of creative ways to say no to underage drinking and to resist peer pressure. However, many of the people that attended Lubbock's Project X this weekend didn't say no and they ended up with some underage drinking tickets and a few arrests.
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