Police investigating rowdy celebration at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
Smoke bombs, broken windows taint end of year celebrations
Montreal police confirm they're investigating after a rowdy end-of-year celebration got out of hand last Wednesday at one of the Canada's most exclusive private schools, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.
Police say they were called after reports of smoke bombs in hallways and broken windows, as some of the school's CEGEP students participated in an annual celebration sanctioned by the school known as "conventum."
Students traditionally parade through hallways to celebrate the end of the CEGEP school year.
This year, it seems the party got out of hand after students went to a local park and then returned to the school.
The building was evacuated after smoke bombs thrown in hallways set off fire alarms.
Some windows were also broken.
Police say investigators are reviewing surveillance video of the event and perpetrators may face mischief charges.
No one from the school was available to comment.
Students discuss incident on Facebook
The incident is a hot topic of discussion on a Facebook page called "Spotted: Collège Brébeuf".
Many posts mock the incident and one anonymous poster offers legal advice to students who may be approached by police, encouraging them to consult a lawyer before talking to investigators,
The college's website says its mission is to "shape the leaders of tomorrow in an extraordinary environment at the foot of Mount Royal."
Brébeuf is the secondary institution and CEGEP that has produced the most Canadian prime ministers in the country, as well as several premiers of Quebec and power brokers in Quebec society.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a student there, as was his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau.