See the boy on the ledge? Meet 18 year old Schoolie* Cameron Cox. He’s drunk and as a consequence, is feeling rather tired and emotional. His alcohol-addled brain is telling him to have a sleep, but instead of going to bed he elects to climb out the window and lie on the ledge of his hotel room “for the thrill and to get some fresh air.” A person in the room opposite takes a picture and posts it on social media site Instagram.
What this photo doesn’t show you is that Cameron’s room is on the 11TH FLOOR OF THE HOTEL BUILDING.
The fucking eleventh floor. Even typing that is making my head spin. I feel sick just thinking about it. One slight roll to the right would have seen him fall to his death. An ugly, unnecessary and totally preventable death. Imagine how devastating that would be for his family and friends.
For his part, Cameron doesn’t seem to realise how close he came to dying. He says, “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.”
Jeez, Cam, ya think?? I want to slap you on his behalf, just to see if that knocks some sense into you! The poor man will probably grab you close and hold you tight for a long, long time before letting go and then wanting to kill you for being so bloody stupid!
As it turns out, Cameron may find out what his Dad thinks sooner rather than later. The hotel has since discovered Cameron’s identity and earlier today evicted him from the premises. Looks like Schoolies is going to be over for Cam.
Quite frankly, that’s the least of his worries. He’s very, VERY lucky to have survived it at ALL.
* Schoolies Week is in full swing here in Australia and thousands of school leavers have travelled to the Gold Coast, Byron Bay or even Bali for a week of celebrations. I grew up in New Zealand where Schoolies is not the norm, so this whole ‘leave home and your parent’s rules for an alcohol-soaked week away with your mates’ concept is totally foreign to me. FFS, I remember arguing with my parents to be allowed out until 11.30pm for one night the day school finished!
Did you go to Schoolies when you finished school? Where did you go? And for those readers who live out of Australia, do your high school graduates have any similar kind of holidays?