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Teens report stolen phones, fights at Wet'n'Wild 'High School Neon Night'

Posted at 12:47 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-03 02:41:54-04

UPDATE AUG. 2: Some students who were at High School Neon Night on Thursday say someone stole their phones.

The students say there were not enough lockers during the event at Wet'n'Wild and so some hid their phones under towels while they went on the slides.

Ava Christie, Rebecca Youngson, Haley McDougly and Rylee Hoffman were there.

They're about to kick freshman year with a rough start, after three of them say their phones were stolen during Neon Night, leaving them with no way to keep in contact with each other or their parents.

The group left their phones on a lawn chair while they enjoyed the event.

“We put all our phones together in a fanny pack and wrapped it in towels and shirts and left them on a chair and went on a slide,” says Youngson.

But when they returned…

“I couldn't find the fanny pack, I thought it was just missing and I was like guys I can't find it," says Christie.

They say they weren't the only ones, and believe there was not enough space for attendees to store their stuff.

“They ran out of lockers really quick because there were way more people than would be there on a normal day,” says Hoffman.

In addition to a limited number of lockers the group also says they feel there wasn't enough security working the event.

They were trying to handle the fights and thieves, and the group says they even witnessed security handle a few of them.

“Some people made them stop and empty out, and their pockets there would easily be 8 phones just from his pocket,” says Youngson.

Wet'n'Wild tells 13 Action News they have a total of 700 lockers on property and that they were all being used during Neon Night.

However, the spokesperson could not answer our questions regarding the number of attendees that at the event in total and how much security personnel was working at the time.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A high school event at Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas was cut short Thursday when teens started fighting inside the water park, police say.

High School Neon Night is an end-of-summer party for students in the valley. Wet'n'Wild hosts the event, giving high school students exclusive access to the park from 7 until 11 p.m.

But just as it was coming to an end, police received multiple reports of teens fighting inside the park.

The park closed early and parents were instructed to pick up their kids.

Roads in the area were closed for about an hour as parents picked up their teens.

As of 11 p.m. there were no reports of injuries.


Wet 'n' Wild sent us the following statement in regards to the event.

The safety and wellbeing of guests and staff is the highest priority at Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas. Last night during Neon Night, an annual end of summer event for high school students, Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) was called in to assist the on-site security team and third-party security team to break up multiple altercations. LVMPD advised to ensure the safety of guests and staff to end the event and close the park early. Wet’n’Wild complied and at 10:30 p.m. the park was closed.