Teens charged for allegedly beating student in Collingwood high school
Adam Ward, CTV Barrie
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:33AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:40PM EDT
Two teens have been charged in connection with the alleged beating of a student in the hallway of a Collingwood high school.
The OPP charged a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old boy with assault causing bodily harm on Tuesday.
"We are not surprised to see the two assailants charged due to the premeditated and violent nature of this attack,” the family of the student said in a statement.
The charges come days after a graphic video showing a Grade 9 student being punched and kicked at Collingwood Collegiate Institute was uploaded to Facebook.
The 14-year-old victim was left bleeding on the hallway floor of CCI on Friday. He was taken to hospital and his parent’s say he suffered a concussion.
The boy’s mother spoke with CTV News on Monday and questioned how this could happen on school property, while staff were in the building.
“Somebody stood there and videoed it and that's horrific. The only good thing is people are seeing that video and hopefully that can be an impetus for change,” the mother told CTV News. She didn’t want to be identified.
She says the incident started online when her son was challenged to a fight.
The Simcoe County District School Board confirms they are investigating.
“Students that are concerned can reach out to their teachers, to their school administration, to their principal and vice principals, to have discussions about their thoughts their feelings on any situation that occurs, and definitely will be listened to and will be spoken to at the school with the people they are familiar with,” says Melanie Slade Morrison, a spokesperson for the board.
The parents of the injured boy met with school officials on Tuesday afternoon. They say they want assurances that their son will be safe.
They also say the two boys who have been charged have also been suspended. However, school board officials wouldn’t confirm any details.
The two teens, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, are set to appear in court on Oct. 5.