A ‘rave’ organised by a 12-year-old boy in his school’s toilets lasted just 30 minutes before teachers shut it down – but his parents say he did nothing wrong.
Cael Bell advertised the underground event – held on December 11 – on Snapchat a week earlier, with all in attendance to the lunchtime gig offered a Cadbury Twirl and bottle of Lucozade.
The guest list included “all year 8 boys” at St Antony’s Catholic College in Urmston, in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and saw the aspiring DJ in charge of music after smuggling in his speakers and other kit.
Cael’s mum, hairdresser Louise Bell, of Flixton, received a phone call from her son’s school after the rave was busted and shut down.
The 41-year-old said: “I had to laugh. It has been a terrible year and I couldn’t be angry with my son for trying to spread some cheer.
“When I got the call, it made perfect sense. Cael had been up, dressed and ready to leave for school early that morning which was unheard of in our house.
“He had the biggest smile on his face so I knew he had something up his sleeve.
“I asked him what he was so happy about and he told me they were having a rave in school. I thought nothing of it, I didn’t think for one minute there was any truth to it.
“But when I heard what Cael had done, from advertising the rave on Snapchat to actually pulling it off and even providing refreshments, I couldn’t help but see the funny side.
“Cael’s dad thought it was hysterical, he said ‘go on son’. We did have a conversation about whether or not we should be angry but how could we be?
“In our eyes, he hadn’t done anything wrong. We would have been furious if the teachers had reprimanded him further, past confiscating his things.”
Mrs Bell said the school were impressed and told her they had confiscated the equipment because it “couldn’t facilitate such behaviour”.
“But I could tell that even they saw the funny side too. It sounded like they were doing their best not to laugh on the phone,” she continued.
“When we asked him why he’d done it, he told us school was boring and that they had nothing to do at lunch time.
“I wish there had been a Cael when I was in school, it would have been much more fun.
“Music is Cael’s motivation and we couldn’t be mad at him for expressing and sharing that passion. It was very inventive of him.”
After speaking to her son’s school, Mrs Bell took to social media to share her amusement with her friends. She wrote: “Just had a call from Cael’s school.
“He had organised a rave in the boys toilets at dinner time, invited all the boys from year eight, so he has now had his speakers and lights confiscated.
“Am I wrong in finding this funny?”
She later amended the post, adding: “Well, he’s home, I’ve asked him about it, he never lets me down this boy…he advertised on Snapchat a week ago and posted date time etc. They handed round Cadbury’s Twirls and Lucozade. It lasted 30 mins before getting shut down.
“I might ask to see the video footage. Sounds good. I haven’t managed to get my hands on the actual footage just yet but hold on tight people I will.
“I’ve posted a few old videos of Cael DJing in his room for now to give you all an idea of what he gets up to.”
The viral post has now been viewed more than 400,000 times on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Viewers described Cael as a ‘legend’, with one fan commenting: “This kid doing more for the UK scene than most DJs and promoters.”
Another wrote: “Fair play, at least he ain’t sat there playing Fortnite. He will earn some good money when he’s older, hitting the clubs.”
Mrs Bell said: “I waited for Cael coming home from school to snap a picture of him because I knew he would have a face on like he was expecting a telling off. He was relieved when we saw the funny side but his face in the picture cracks me up.
“He loves music but is quite overwhelmed by his new-found fame. All his school friends are calling the house telling him he’s gone viral.
“We’re just proud that our son has brought a smile to so many people after such a difficult year. If you can’t laugh, then something’s not right.”
The school has been contacted for comment.