British Columbia

Student allegedly assaulted by 4 male teens in Courtenay

The alleged attack happened at around 8:30 a.m. PT on a trail that runs between Valley View Drive and Valley View Elementary School. 

Police say alleged victim was walking on a popular trail at the time

The RCMP detachment in Courtenay, B.C. Police there are looking for four teenage males in connection with an assault. (Google Street View)

Comox Valley RCMP are looking for four teenage males after a student was allegedly assaulted on a local trail in Courtenay, B.C., Tuesday morning.

The alleged attack happened at around 8:30 a.m. PT on a trail that runs between Valley View Drive and Valley View Elementary School. 

The victim, a student in the Comox Valley school district, described her attackers as:

  • Suspect 1: wearing baggy blue jeans and Vans shoes.
  • Suspect 2: long blond hair with black and white checkered shoes.
  • Suspect 3: wearing brown pants.
  • Suspect 4: wearing white shoes and black and white pants. 

Police say the assault happened at a time of day that was busy, especially around the school. 

"We are hoping that someone saw what happened or even saw a group of teenagers matching the description provided by the victim," said Const. Monika Terragni.

Student reported assault

The statement from RCMP did not specify the victim's age, but a statement from the Comox Valley School District confirmed the alleged victim is one of its students.

"Comox Valley Schools takes the physical assault of a student very seriously," read a statement emailed to CBC News on Friday.

"Whether assault or bullying, the safety of our students is paramount. When a child reports an assault, we institute our safety protocols and we will work very closely with the RCMP through a well defined threat assessment protocol and investigation process," it continued.

"While we cannot comment on an open investigation, we want our community to understand how deeply concerned we are for the student, supporting to the family as the RCMP continue their investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 and refer to file 2018-7385. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story stated the alleged victim was a woman. In fact, she is a student.
    Apr 26, 2019 6:25 AM PT

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