The head of the Canadian Safe School Network is calling for more programs and counselling to focus on curbing girl-on-girl violence, in the wake of a Toronto high school shooting involving two female teens.
Stu Auty, founding president of the organization, said he has noticed a steady rise in violent incidents between teenaged girls.
Last weekend's incident, in which a group of teen girls got into an alteraction inside North York's Baycrest Arena, led to a 15-year-old girl being shot in the abdomen by another teen.
Auty said such incidents are becoming a disturbing trend.
"It's not particularly unusual that girls are becoming violent," he said.
'Girls are being pulled into it'
"It's just very unfortunate today with weapons availability out there and the propensity towards violence that … girls are being pulled into it today, when yesterday they weren't being pulled into it."
Auty's organization, which is a registered charity, is dedicated to reducing youth violence and making schools and communities safer.
He said while there are programs specifically to help male teens with anger and emotional issues, too few are geared towards girls. More funding, he said, is needed to help tackle the issue.
All three suspects in the Sunday shooting are teen girls. The victim was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital in stable condition and the bullet was removed from her abdomen.
Police said they are waiting for the victim to recover before they can possibly identify the suspects.