Temple: Party Organizer Lied about Event That Ended in Stabbing
The applicant said it was a party for a Haitian church.
An official from Temple Tifereth said a party organizer lied to temple members about who he was and the type of party he intended to throw Saturday night. A Malden teenager was stabbed outside the temple at the conclusion of the party.
“We believe we were, to a substantial degree, misled,” said Jordan Shapiro, Temple Financial Secretary and former Malden City Solicitor. “We are investigating internally. We’ve called a meeting of the executive board of the temple to discuss what happened and how we can avoid this moving forward.”
Party organizer said party was for Haitian church
Shapiro said the applicant said he was from Eglise Philadelphia Church, a Haitian Seventh-Day Adventist church off of Main Street. The church has routinely rented the temple’s hall for occasions. The applicant said he wanted to throw a small church-sponsored birthday party Saturday night.
“This person was looking to take advantage, because we offer a discount rental rate for charitable organizations,” said Shapiro. “We were made to think it was a birthday party for the church.”
Instead, the organizer charged for entry to the party, which has been described online as a “Project X” party, named for a new movie that depicts a wild high school party.
The stabbing occurred after the party let out and did not happen inside the temple, said Shapiro.
Police detail needed for party, never requested
Shapiro said generally applicants are responsible for contacting police and setting up a detail for an event. In this case, temple officials did not expect a police detail because they thought they had rented the hall for a small religious party.
“That would be the responsibility of the person renting the hall who would have to disclose to use that they are going to have more than 50 people at the party,” said Shapiro.