Regina Christmas concert fight ends with assault charge
Woman to appear in court in January
- Families comment on facebook
- Woman facing charges is 29
Santa may have a new name for his naughty list after an altercation at a Regina elementary school Tuesday night.
Police were called to Arcola Community School's Christmas concert after a fight broke out — and now one person has been charged with assault.
What police called a "scuffle" involving two women who are related to each other happened just before 7:30 p.m. CST at the school at 2315 Abbott Rd.
As the concert was wrapping up, an argument started between the two women — and then turned violent, police said. One woman allegedly assaulted the other.
Police arrived and following an investigation, they arrested a 29-year-old Regina woman without incident.
Families upset about disruption
Some people at the concert went on social media to express their disappointment with what happened.
"Ruined the kids concert," one concert-goer said on Facebook. "My son was embarrassed. We left just as police swarmed the school. Brought down the joy the kids were feeling."
According to the school's Twitter feed, the show was called "Christmas with a Twist-mas".
Police said the incident resulted in the alleged victim suffering minor injuries.
The other woman ended up being charged with common assault and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 22.
On Wednesday afternoon, the principal of the school issued a note praising the hard work of staff and students involved in the concert and called the disruptive episode a "terrible and troubling event".
Here is the text of the principal's note:
"To our Arcola community.
I want to thank all those in the community who attended our second annual ‘Christmas with a Twistmas’ concert yesterday. The hard work and talent of both our students and staff was evident in the variety of performances that entertained our community. Our Christmas concert committee under the direction of Ms. Calibaba worked hard to organize and provide an exciting concert.
For those of you who attended the evening concert, it is unfortunate for your children and our community to have experienced such a terrible and troubling event from a few adults who decided to bring their outside issues into our school. It is unacceptable for adults to display behaviour in our school that contradicts our values of Kindness, Fairness and Respect and put our community at risk with such foolish and unsafe behaviour. We do not tolerate actions such as these from our students and nor will we allow adults fighting in our school as well. These actions will not overshadow the positive performance of our students and your children.
I am thankful for the response of our community after these events at the concert in recognizing the positive and hard work that our staff and students put in each and every day. We appreciate your support and wish you and your family safe and happy holidays."
— Luke Friesen (Principal)