When I asked Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown if they thought that Project X would inspire young people to throw parties of their own, they said no. In reality, some teens in Florida and Texas have thrown parties that were actually inspired by the film!
Christopher Dade, 18, caused $19,000 worth of damage to a foreclosed home. He had spraypainted “Project X” on the walls and “break me” on a window but he was arrested after he posted a 4-minute video of the house on YouTube. 2,000 people showed up for Dade’s all-nighter, but were turned away by police.
Things got more out of control and crazy in Houston, Texas.
Ben Taub died after being shot in the head at a “Project X” inspired party that attracted between 500 to 1,000 guests.
Good Morning America reports: “A string of copycat parties have caused over $100,000 in real damage, handfuls of arrests and the Houston fatality.”
At the Houston party, trash cans were filled with spiked punch, wet foam blanketed the floor, and women who showed up in bathing suits were granted free entry, according to the flyer. Most of the attendees were teenagers. News of the party spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter.
A witness aid: “Kids took to the streets, but the parking lot was overpacked so you couldn’t get out. It was just people in the actual street. They got into arguments and started shooting each other.”
The gunman took a gun out and began shooting “like for no reason,” Willie Armstrong, a guest at the party, says.
“He shot the boy in the back of the head and fell on the ground. He started shooting at the crowds, but then he ran through the field.”
Officers pursued the gunman on foot but were unable to catch him.
Thirteen teenagers were also arrested last Thursday after trashing a 4,000-square-foot home. Nearly every window was smashed. Sheet-rock had been torn out and was left all over the floor of the half-million dollar house.
Police caught up with the teens the next day when they were throwing another party in the new home development.