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Saugus High dance overflows with attendees

Posted: August 17, 2012 11:06 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 11:06 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies are stationed outside Saugus High School as students wait to come through the gate to attend the Morp dance on Friday night.


A dance at Saugus High School attracted more than 1,000 Santa Clarita Valley students, more than the event could handle, backing up traffic on Bouquet Canyon Road and requiring increased law enforcement presence, sheriff’s officials said. The event, which went from 7-11 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Bill Weiss of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“It looks like it was full within 45 minutes,” Weiss said.

A girl who was incoherent and appeared to be drunk was transported by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, said Sgt. Delicia Hernandez of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Traffic was backed up on Bouquet Canyon Road from Centurion Way to Central Park in Saugus at 7:35 p.m., Weiss said.

Four school deputies were assigned to the dance, known as Morp, or “prom” spelled backward, but five more deputies were called to assist with the large crowd, in addition to Hernandez, who supervised the response.

Tickets to the event could be bought for “someone from another school in (the) district,” according to the Saugus High School website.

The ruckus caused by students unable to enter the event died down by 9 p.m., Hernandez said.
Hernandez then got a chance to enter the event itself.

“It appeared to be operating smoothly with no issues inside,” she said.


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