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Three youths charged with assault in B.C. elementary school attack

Three youths have been charged with assault after an attack at a Surrey elementary school in May which was caught on video.

Attack at Hillcrest Elementary School in Surrey, B.C., was caught on video

Blurred images taken from a video posted online show an attack against a teen in Surrey on May 7. A group of girls chased and cornered the victim against a fence at Hillcrest Elementary School. (Facebook)

UPDATE  July 4, 2022: Three youths have been charged with assault in connection with an attack at a Surrey, B.C., elementary school in May. The B.C. Prosecution Service said one of the suspects was also charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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WARNING: This article contains details of violence.

Three youths have been arrested as police continue to investigate an assault that happened at Hillcrest Elementary School in Surrey, B.C., on May 7.

The incident, which was caught on video, showed several teen girls yelling at one girl who is bleeding from her face.

In the video, the group swears at her and chases her before cornering her against a chain link fence. She's made to kiss the shoes of her attackers, while apologizing profusely for something — it's not clear what.

Police said the three youth who were arrested — one days after the attack, two this week —  have not been charged yet, but will be appearing in court at a later date and were released on conditions.

Surrey RCMP said they continue to investigate the case.

The incident led to an outpouring of support in the community, with a rally organized last Sunday to show support for the victim.

The mother of the 15-year-old victim said she was thankful for the support her family had received.

The victim and her mother are not being named by CBC News as the incident involves minors.

With files from Jon Azpiri

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