“We understand that these are young people who want to release the frustration of 12 or 13 years of schooling and they will make some silly mistakes,” he said.
“What we ask them is be safe, watch your mates and don’t do silly things that may cause some permanent damage to your health, reputation or career prospects in the future.
“The first weekend they do go a bit hard, some of them think it’s a sprint; it is a marathon for some who have never done this sort of behaviour before.
“They might pick up towards the end because they know the end is near … they will get up to some mischief, but we all did it when we were their age.”
Police have confirmed a brawl outside the Surfers Paradise McDonald’s at the weekend involved non-school-leavers, and a 25-year-old man has been arrested.
There have been no instances of skylarking on balconies, acting chief superintendent Hanlon said.