When you are a teenager, the local disco is a rite of passage, where you learn a lot more about yourself than you ever imagined and potentially have your first kiss.

However, when there is a lethal respiratory virus going around, that can be transferred through touch, it's probably not a good idea to go around snogging people that you barely know.

Unfortunately for a set of teenagers in County Kerry, Ireland that is the reality they are facing after their local disco was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The venue that was due to hose the shindig confirmed the news on Facebook but the page was soon swamped with abusive messages, berating the decision that was made in everyone's best interests.

Choice quotes from the messages include, verbatim:

Dis is a joke been lookin forward to dis for wks ye are some bottlers. Wont get de meet for weeks now ffs.

And:

We already go to school with like 600+ people and that's OK but yet for the disco it has to be cancelled people spend a lot of money on this, it's a disgrace that is was cancelled on the week.

One quote, seemingly from a parent, laments the decisions and claims that some of the teenagers might suffer from depression and even attempt suicide.

Alight w*****s, I heard u cancelled the disco because of the virus it isn't even confirmed in Kerry ye t**ts everybody was looking forward to this and of course you ruin it for us now all these teenagers will suffer from deep depression because the disco is canceled and might even commit suicide so please just please put the disco back on x

People didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

At the time of writing, Ireland has had 43 confirmed cases and one death.

On Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that schools, colleges and other public facilities until March 29 and that indoor gathering of 100 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 should be cancelled.

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