2 girls arrested after video shows attack on another student at school in Mission
Grade 8 students at École Heritage Park Middle School will face 'severe consequences,' superintendent says
Two teenage girls have been arrested in connection with a violent incident caught on video in a schoolyard in Mission, B.C..
The video was taken at École Heritage Park Middle School on Monday around lunchtime, and has been shared on social media. It shows two female students pushing and kicking another student, shoving them to the ground. The girls continue to hit and kick the other student, who tries to protect themselves from the blows.
RCMP said the student who was attacked was 14 years old. The two female students are believed to be around the same age.
A statement Friday said police opened an investigation after the student who was attacked went to the station with their mother to file a complaint. After an investigation, which included the video posted to social media, police have recommended charges for both alleged attackers: one for assault and the other for uttering threats.
WATCH | The video of the schoolyard attack:
The statement said the teenagers were arrested "without incident" and later released pending court appearances in Abbotsford, B.C., in March.
Mission School District superintendent Angus Wilson told CBC News the girls will also face discipline from the school, but Wilson said he could not provide details about the specific measures.
"They're about the most severe consequences a school or school district can provide," he said.
Wilson added that there will also be consequences for some bystanders during the attack.
"Bullying is an ongoing problem in schools in Mission and around the province," he said.
In a statement shared online, the district's school board said it was "appalled" by the assault.
"We take this incident very seriously," the statement said. "The school district does not tolerate bullying, harassment, or violence, and will follow our protocols to deal with the serious situation."
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside tweeted Thursday that she has "directed the Ministry to provide all supports necessary to the school district, students and staff. Police are appropriately investigating and we are co-operating fully."
RCMP said anyone with information and or video pertaining to the investigation should call 604-826-7161.
I am aware of a disturbing allegation of assault involving students in Mission. Students deserve to be safe & welcomed at school.—@JM_Whiteside
All 60 school districts are involved in the B.C. SOGI Educator Network & have SOGI-inclusive codes of conduct. SOGI-inclusive education can save young lives by helping students understand & respect their differences.—@JM_Whiteside
I have directed the Ministry to provide all supports necessary to the school district, students and staff. Police are appropriately investigating and we are cooperating fully. I remind students they can anonymously report bullying on erase <a href="https://t.co/BVmVOus879">https://t.co/BVmVOus879</a>—@JM_Whiteside
With files from Meera Bains