'Outrageous' party with strippers takes over GT student-living complex

ATLANTA — An unauthorized party involving strippers at an off-campus Georgia Tech student living community led to the eviction of two students and the firing of one security guard, property management said.

Non-students and strippers were seen on publicly posted Facebook videos, partying in the 25th-floor clubhouse at Square on Fifth in Midtown Atlanta on Saturday night.

The next day, management says, the women came back, with the help of one resident, for a photo shoot on the roof.


"This [party] surprisingly went on for a long time," Sara Pagliocca, who says she's lived at the complex for two years, told Channel 2's Matt Johnson. "Knowing that people can get up there does concern me."

The property management company that oversees the complex calls the party "outrageous."

"We have a wonderful community of residents at SQ5, and it is a great place to live," said Harry Conley, CEO of Gateway Facility Services.

Conley says a preliminary internal investigation revealed at least two residents helped the strippers and non-students get into the clubhouse Saturday. He also says a resident helped the same strippers come back Sunday for a brief photo shoot on the roof.

"While the primary failure here seems to have been one of human error in judgment, we are taking lessons from this to ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again," said Conley.

Conley says the residents believed to be involved were evicted and a security guard who allegedly let Saturday's party go on for 90 minutes was fired.

Management is now adding new security cameras to the clubhouse and considering retraining its security guards.