It’s the scenario every parent of a teenager dreads. Leaving their child at home with assurances that their “small gathering” will not get out of hand, and returning to find footprints on the ceiling and the alcohol cabinet drained.
For the parents of 17-year-old Adrian Lopez, the outcome was far worse. After a viral invitation on TikTok, the California teen’s Saturday party drew 2,500 revellers and quickly descended into a scene from Animal House, complete with illegal fireworks, mosh pit and multiple arrests.
On 17 May, Lopez of Eastvale, California, made a digital invitation to his Huntington Beach birthday fete later that week, providing the time, location and date. This invite, which featured the title Adrian’s Kickback, read: “Slide tru this Saturday we finna turn up!!!!” the New York Times reported. “It was meant to be for my school,” Lopez reportedly said of this flyer.