On the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend, during my first semester of being an RA, I encountered what has remained to be my most amusing incident while being an RA. As I came out of the bathroom at about 2:15am I happened to hear a high level of noise coming from one of the rooms on my floor. I walked down to where the room was and decided that I needed to put a stop to all the noise.
After I knocked on the door I could hear people inside the room whispering, “Ssshhh, it’s your RA,” “Quick, hide it, dump it out the window or something,” and so on and so forth. When the door was finally opened, the first thing I noticed was that there were 15 people sitting around the room, along with various beer cans that had been sloppily “hidden.” I asked to see one of the residents out in the hallway, and after he stepped through the door, the door was slammed and locked shut. After talking with the resident, and instructing him as to what I wanted to take place, he turned to go into his room, but it was still locked. He knocked on the door pleading to be let in. Finally after about 2 minutes, the door was finally opened.
Right away I noticed that something was amiss. The room was now empty except for the other roommate, and a friend of his. I stared into the room in disbelief, peering into the shadows thinking that maybe everyone was hiding. Then I noticed that the screen had been pulled out of the window, and the other 12 people had fled through the window and into the night. All I could do was look at the roommates and say, “Guys, I think this may have just gotten a little bit worse.”
So in light of this situation I would say never let the door shut on a room full of people, you never know where they might disappear.