Busy day at beaches

PORT DOVER Students from Norfolk County and beyond skipped classes Friday to hit the beaches of Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point for the day.While Friday was a PA day for public and Catholic elementary teachers and students, high school students were expected to be in class.“Grand Erie District School Board does not endorse this day, as our focus is on student achievement,” said Denise Martins, a superintendent of education with the Grand Erie District School Board.“It is a regularly scheduled school day, and Grand Erie students are expected to be in class. Students who are away must provide documentation to verify any absence.”Stefanie Harrison and Hannah Melnychuk, Grade 12 students at St. John’s College in Brantford, were enjoying the beach in Port Dover.“We just told our teachers it was senior skip day,” said Harrison. “We heard about it through a lot of our friends.”“We got here around 11:30 (a.m.), we’ll probably be here for the rest of the day,” said Melnychuk.Eric Davidson, a Grade 10 student at Waterford District High School, said he was at the beach because his friends asked him to go.“I went swimming, watched a fight and jumped off the pier,” said Davidson.Myla Selway, a Grade 8 student at Elgin Avenue Public School in Simcoe, was spending her day at the beach with a friend.“We had nothing else to do,” Selway said.Lindsay Reid, a Grade 11 student at Waterford, was also in Port Dover with friends.“I just wanted to spend time with some friends,” Reid said about why she was at the beach.This year was no different in terms of reports to police concerning Beach Day activities.“We had quite a few calls in various areas as a result of Beach Day,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.A 16-year-old male was extremely intoxicated and was found jumping in front of traffic on Clubhouse Road in Turkey Point. Police arrived, arrested him, and held him in custody until he was sober.Also in Turkey Point several small fights broke out as a result of a larger altercation taking place, which led to multiple arrests of minors.In Port Dover there were reports of underage drinking, littering, and multiple fights.“Every year we hear parents saying that the police are out there ruining the fun,” said Sanchuk. “I can tell you we’ve had reports of fights, assaults, littering, mischief, and disturbed peace. That’s why the police are down there.”There were several counts of underage intoxication between the different local beaches.astaylor@postmedia.comPort Dover beach is packed this Beach Day. pic.twitter.com/I7AZKHokdp— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) June 7, 2019 read more