The home-alone teen at the centre of the MySpace house trashing ’Skins’ party today apologised to her parents, but is still in hiding and is too scared to meet them.
Teenager Rachael Bell claims her MySpace site was hijacked by college friends who invited all-comers to "trash the average sized family house" leaving an estimated #20,000 worth of damage at the family’s detached house.
Around 200 young revellers caused mayhem at the four-bedroomed house during a wrecking spree in which seven police cars and a dog unit were called to the quiet cul-de-sac.
During the bedlam the 17-year-old said she suffered a panic attack and that unwanted revellers were climbing through windows in a bid to gatecrash the out-of-control bash.
Still too ashamed to face her parents, she told the Sunderland Echo: "I totally regret it.
"It was just supposed to be a party with a few friends and it turned into a complete nightmare. I’m sorry mam.
"It was so surreal - it still seems surreal. You just can’t imagine anything like it happening.
"I still haven’t properly slept, I just keep waking up and thinking about what happened."
The sixth-form student said classmates hacked into her MySpace internet site and invited teenagers from across the country to an all-night party in the quiet suburban street.
She added: "It was just supposed to be a small gathering with about 60 people - my friends are DJs and said they’d play.
"The party wasn’t supposed to start until 10 o’clock, but at half nine we saw people pulling up in cars.
"We didn’t recognise them and didn’t know what was going on so we bolted the door - but they just started climbing through the window."
"We heard people at school talking about gate-crashing a party, but we didn’t think it would be ours - we didn’t think anyone would want to come.
"There were even 11-year-olds trying to get in.
"I just had a panic attack because of everything that was going on, just because I was so powerless to stop it."
She added: "I was going to tidy up after the party - I thought I had a couple of days to clean the house before my parents got back.
"Then the ex-neighbour came and told me my mam was on her way home and everyone had better clear out - and I left."
She added that she is planning on staying with her friend’s mother indefinitely and is dreading returning to school.
She said: "I’m really, really sorry about what’s happened. I totally regret it - it was a complete nightmare and I’d warn anybody having a party not to put anything on MySpace because the sites can be hacked."
Her distraught mother, Elaine, today said her life had been turned upside down and wants whoever ransacked her house to be prosecuted.
The mother-of-four was close to tears as she spoke about how the incident was tearing her family apart and how she now has grave fears about her daughter’s well-being.
The 48-year-old teacher returned from a short caravan break to find her #230,00 detached home trashed and Rachael in hiding.
The devastated mother, whose last words to her daughter were "I don’t want any kids or drink in the house", said it felt as if her house had been "raped" when she viewed the wanton damage.
She said: "It’s worse than a burglary, I can’t believe it. Whoever has come in here are worse than animals, it’s like house rape.
"They’ve been sick everywhere, urinated and trashed the house. It will take a month for it to be professionally cleaned and we are having to stay in temporary accommodation."
Every room in the detached brick home, in Chipchase Court, Woodstone Village, in County Durham, had been ransacked with clothes, furniture and bedding ruined and strewn across the rooms.
Mrs Bell’s wedding dress had also been pulled from a wardrobe and urinated on.
Revellers had vomited in plastic buckets and left them in rooms while lager cans and cigarette ends were littered throughout the house.