Police say knife pulled in Corner Brook bullying case

A Corner Brook boy has been charged with assault with a weapon in connection with a case of bullying at a junior high school
Police have laid an assault with a weapon charge against a 14-year-old student at Presentation Junior High School in Corner Brook. (CBC )

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with assault with a weapon in a case of bullying at a school in Corner Brook.

Police said the accused pulled a knife on another boy some time between Sept. 25 and Oct. 6, and that they are also investigating related allegations of assault.

The RNC said a 12-year-old boy told them he was assaulted a number of times by the 14-year-old, a Grade 9 student at Presentation junior high.

Boy says problems started at beginning of the school year

The 12-year-old's mother said her son has been bullied since he started Grade 7 this fall.

However, she said didn't know anything about it until he came home with ripped jeans and covered in dirt. She said that's when her son broke down crying, and told her what had been happening.

The woman said her son told police that the older boy had held a knife to his throat and threatened to kill him.

It's an allegation that worries RNC Insp. Terry Corbin.  

"Well the victim in this particular case is 12 years old, and we're concerned about that," said Corbin.

Mother confronts parents

In addition to going to the police, the mother said she also confronted the 14-year-old's parents.

She said they were surprised to hear what happened, and became "wide-eyed" when she told them a knife was involved.

She also said the other parents told her that their son had been a victim of bullying in the past.

The woman added she has spoken with school officials who told her the 14-year-old has been suspended. They also advised her son to report any bullying to the principal.

The boy accused of holding the knife was released to his parents, and is scheduled to appear in youth court on Nov. 28.

The 12-year-old student returned to school on Wednesday.

Second incident involving police this week

It's the second time this week police in this province have laid charges related to bullying.  

On Tuesday, three teenage girls were charged after a 13-year-old girl was beaten up outside Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown last Friday.