|Posted by Three anonymous students on January 14, 2004 at 21:07:03:|
On the night of April 20, a large group of people decided to have some end of the year fun. After consuming a large amount of alcohol, we thought that throwing a flaming toilet out of a building would be a good practical joke. On our way we met another group of people returning from Loose Change Louies. After inquiring about our toilet, they decided to join us. After we chucked the toilet off the Engineering Lecture Hall, we started to head back. On our way back, for some unknown reason, we decided to smash a couple of windows. Although we can't blame the alcohol, we were really intoxicated. This is the dumbest thing we have ever done. Halfway home, a member of our group got caught. Later that night, two more of us got caught. After spending the night in detention, we were released, except for one of us. This person had to go directly to jail for the night and next morning. He slept with heroin addicts and was also strip- searched.
We were all told to come back for fingerprinting and for court stuff. This was very scary for us all. The Crown referred our case to the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. This Program allows for mediation among the parties involved to determine if an acceptable solution can be worked out without having to go through the full judicial process, which could end up with the offenders having a criminal record. In our case, mediation was successful. We made full restitution for the damage we caused. We also agreed to perform 20 hours of community service assisting other students at the University of Waterloo. As well, we agreed to tell our story with the hope of preventing other students from getting into the same situation as we did. We are very lucky that this is all that happened. We could have been kicked out of school. We are very appreciative to all those involved for how the situation was resolved. We are very sorry for what we did and would like to apologize for our actions.
--- Three anonymous students
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