TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Officials across the country warned against having large gatherings during the holidays, some even banned them. Now a Gilbert homeowner and host could end up facing criminal charges for throwing a New Year’s Eve party.
According to AZ Family, the host was caught selling tickets to the party on Venmo and hundreds of kids showed up on Dec. 31.
Maricopa County told them they’d have to refund everyone, but the party went on, creating what could be a super-spreader event.
Now, the County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the evidence and working to determine if criminal charges will be filled.
“They had so many people there and had such a disregard for everyone else’s safety. It’s really disheartening,” said Gilbert teacher David Juarros.
However, not everyone thinks what happened was wrong.
“I think it probably was too big, but do I think they shouldn’t have had it? No,” one Gilbert mom said. “It’s not fair to have somebody make our choices for us.”
Click here to read the full AZ Family article that further investigates the party and has additional parent comment.