Things got a little out of hand at a Waterloo street party this weekend. A large gathering of Wilfrid Laurier University students was filmed jumping into a massive bonfire on the city’s streets during the Labour Day weekend. In the footage, students are seen huddled around the fire as a few students take turns running through the enormous blaze.
The incident reportedly took place on Erza Avenue which has earned a reputation for rowdy streets parties. Thousands of students are known to take to the street and other areas of Waterloo’s university district during events like frosh week and St. Patrick’s Day.
Wilfrid Laurier took to Twitter this morning to condemn the dangerous activity on Ezra Avenue this weekend.
Wilfrid Laurier University strongly condemns the kind of street party that occurred on Ezra Avenue late Sept. 2 and… https://t.co/67GwVMSTNI— Wilfrid Laurier University (@Wilfrid Laurier University)1567523535.0
“Wilfrid Laurier University strongly condemns the kind of street party that occurred on Ezra Avenue late Sept. 2 and early Sept. 3 near the university’s Waterloo campus. Such events cause significant damage to the university’s reputation, which negatively affects students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community,” a statement on the university’s website read.
Narcity reached out to Wilfrid Laurier’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Kevin Crowley, who was able to confirm that the university's statement was in response to the footage below.
“Street parties are a growing phenomenon in university communities across Ontario. They are dangerous for those who attend, as well as for the police, special constables and emergency responders who are frequently required to assist individual participants,” the statement continued.
The University plans to work with the mayor of Waterloo’s Task Force, community partners, and student leaders to change the culture that creates street parties. The school will also be reviewing the behaviour of the students accused of breaking the law and will apply sanctions appropriate under the university’s Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct.