THE bereaved father of a teenager who died at this year’s T in the Park has launched a petition calling for age restrictions at music festivals to be raised.
Tragic 17-year-old Megan Bell died at the Strathallan Castle event on July 8.
She was found hours before the festival got underway.
Peter MacCallum, also 17, died in a separate incident on the same day.
Now, heartbroken dad Chris, from Seaham in County Durham, is campaigning for a change in rules, in an attempt to stop other parents suffering the same heartache.
Telling his family’s devastating story on website Change.org, and why he doesn’t think anyone under the age of 21 should be able to attend, he said: “My beautiful daughter, Megan, was 17 when she attended a music festival with her friends. She never came home after falling ill.
“The stories that we have heard since mainly include youths taking drugs and drinking heavily.”
Stating his belief that “an adult would not experiment or adhere to peer pressure like a child would,” Chris added: “Children as young as 14-15 are attending these events unsupervised.
“Parents are not aware of what they are up to. Please help me in changing all of this.”
His plea has brought in more than 350 signatures in one day, with Megan’s mum, Lisa, also using the website to share that she “misses her every minute of every day.”
Just days ago, Chris called on bosses to cancel next year’s T in the Park.
He is adamant that it should be put on hold until after an investigation into Megan’s passing.
“We think there should be, without a shadow of a doubt, an investigation into what happened before they organise anything else,” he explained.
The 44-year-old also revealed his torment over not knowing what happened to his daughter.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of her death.
Original Source – Daily Record.