Extremely reckless and dangerous behaviour.
That’s how the Delta School District is describing the significant disruption, injuries and property damage caused by youth in Delta during Halloween on Monday night.
In a letter sent to parents late Wednesday night, Superintendent Doug Sheppard said it seems that many of these incidents were organized and deliberate.
“Of serious concern is that youth pointed fireworks into crowds of other youth and even targeted first responders,” said Sheppard. “There were also incidents of fires being set and property being vandalized. This was extremely reckless and dangerous behaviour. “Although the most worrying events took place in Tsawwassen, there were also disturbing incidents in Ladner and North Delta. We are extremely disappointed with students’ complete lack of regard for each other, first responders and the local community.”
Sheppard said the irresponsible behaviour of the youths involved put a significant drain on both Delta Police Department and City of Delta resources.
“We are working closely with Delta Police to assist with their investigation by helping to identify students that were involved in Monday night’s events,” he said. “If you or your child has any information that may help the investigation, we encourage you to contact Delta Police as soon as possible.
“Respectfully, we ask you to talk with your child(ren) about the need for them to make safe and responsible choices, and to avoid getting drawn into the ‘mob mentality’ that can take over when large groups of youth gather. Please remind your child(ren) that actions have consequences, even as a bystander: vandalizing property, setting fires, fighting, underage drinking, and more, can have serious and potentially lifelong consequences.
“These consequences could include criminal charges, a criminal record, and injury, not to mention the financial cost for those who are forced to clean up. In addition, it is inevitable that relationships and feelings of trust and goodwill between students and the wider community will have been negatively impacted by Monday night’s events.
“We are all part of this amazing community of Delta, and we all share a responsibility in practicing respect for our community and keeping each other and property safe. Many thanks for your support with this important matter.”