OAK BAY (NEWS 1130) — A gathering that drew about 100 people to the University of Victoria this weekend is being called “disappointing” by police.
The Oak Bay Police department slapped two defiant partiers with tickets of $230 each for refusing to leave, according to a release.
“Members attended and the group spread out, continuing to meet in smaller groups around campus. Several were not wearing masks,” it reads.
Two 18-year-old students were fined for “failing to comply with direction.”
Assisted UVIC Security with dispersing a large group of students congregating on Sat night. A couple of them refused to follow direction to disperse after repeated attempts. Each were issued a ticket for $230. Disappointing given efforts most are making to limit COVID spread. pic.twitter.com/O4I6rc9Qky
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) January 11, 2021
The department’s Chief Ray Bernoties took to Twitter soon after urging people to put the incident in perspective.
Noting there are about 20,000 enrolled at UVic, he says the vast majority are following orders against gathering.
Lets keep perspective. @uvic has 20,000+ students. This group had maybe 100 & vast majority were cooperative. 2 were ticketed. We serve 1/2 the campus (& many off-campus) and they're good 'kids' & our future. Not defending them… but not proud of everything I did at 18 either. pic.twitter.com/9jH6MimUDV
— Ray Bernoties (@ray_oak) January 11, 2021
In September, police were called to campus twice for back-to-back parties, and a total of 11 tickets were handed out.