“…The room was a prime example of the swath of destruction cut through the motel. Holes had been punched in the wall, furniture broken and bathroom ceiling tiles had been ripped out in the bathroom…”
“…(the owner) simply hopes that parents of the students will step up and take responsibility…That hasn’t happened so far…”
Thirty-five rooms at the Avenue Inn on Lundy’s Lane were rented to high school students from Welland’s Notre Dame College School the night of the school’s Christmas semiformal, which was held up the street at the Americana Resort and Conference Centre. Overnight on Friday, Dec. 9, 22 of those rooms were damaged extensively.
“I don’t want to see this happen again,” David Linqi Liu, general manager and co-owner of the Avenue Inn motel said as he continued to sift through the wreckage of what was once Room 135 at the motel. As he walks around the room, the crunching of broken glass beneath his feet can be heard.
“We’ve had a lot of parties here, but we’ve never had this much damage,” said Harry Liu, David’s son who helps his dad and mother, Ling Cao run the Avenue as he flipped through an album of photos documenting the destruction. “A toilet was smashed, furniture and beds were overturned, a door was kicked in, a door was broken. Even an oven door was ripped off and its glass broken.”
According to Robert Forget, the on-duty manager the night of the incident, police were called by a motel guest not associated with the party. “They did show up for a little bit but they told us it was our responsibility,” Forget said. “They said it was a civil matter, not criminal.”