British Columbia: Downtown curfew dropped over weekend

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The restriction was imposed after Victoria Police reported an increase in vandalism and violence by local youths in April and May. Eight youths were arrested over the weekend of May 14. In one of the incidents, a 70-year-old man was kicked, punched and spat at. Several young people used drugs or alcohol in the street.

None of those arrested were international students, officials said.

International students in the Victoria Stay Program have a curfew, but it is normally later in the evening, depending on the age of the student.

Earlier this month, the school district emailed host families and students enforcing the early curfew. “As guardians, international education staff members have a legal responsibility to protect students from potential harm or injury,” the district said in a statement.

The rule applied to international students who participate in the district’s homestay program. Victoria’s Director of International Education, Jeff Davis, wrote to host families on May 18: “To ensure their safety and the safety of others, please consider having a conversation with students in your care regarding their weekend socials, including any potential downtown visits. .”

“The police had contact with some students who are part of the international program”

Police can only release limited information about young people due to privacy and child protection laws, said Bowen Osoko, spokesman for the Victoria Police Department. News from the PIE. Police stepped up patrols in the city center over the weekend and live-tweeted pictures of discarded liquor bottles and property damage.

“All I can tell you is that the police had contact with some students who are part of the international program,” Osoko said.

“This contact does not always mean an arrest. For example, our officers and I encountered a group of international students during one of our VicPD Live tweets and there were no issues with that particular group. There have been problems with other groups.

Osoko said the decision to impose an early curfew was made by the school district’s international program, not the police.

School district officials point out that the Victoria area is a very safe destination for international students.

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