Two teenagers in southern Alberta have been charged with assault in connection with a high school hazing earlier this summer.
Students going into Grades 9 or 10 were "paddled" on the buttocks with a broken goalie stick or a skateboard, said Lethbridge police Sgt. Dan Walton on Friday.
The boys who have been charged are both 17. They cannot be identified by law. One goes to the same school as the victims while the other is a former student, said Walton.
"These boys were out specifically looking for the people that would be going into those grades," said Walton.
"What we wanted to do was get a message out … there's going to be zero tolerance for this, and [to] individuals who are engaging in this type of activity … we are going to pursue it as a criminal matter."
Police received reports of three separate cases in July.
Walton said police in Lethbridge, more than 200 kilometres south of Calgary, will be working with schools, parents and students this fall to stem the hazing problem.
One boy was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of uttering threats, and one count of assault. The other was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon.
Last year, seven teens who were charged in relation with hazing incidents were sentenced to do presentations on bullying. Walton said these new charges are not related to that case.