UPDATE: Souris student faces assault charge

RCMP says other students stood by, watching and videotaping incident

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 16, 2013
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SOURIS — Police plan to charge a student with assault causing bodily harm following a fight Tuesday at Souris Regional High School.

Kings District RCMP Sgt. Dave Thibeau says one male youth suffered a concussion while in a fight with another male student.

Thibeau says the fight that “stemmed from a bullying situation’’ which took place over the lunch break in the school hallway. The suspect is 14 and the victim is 13.

Thibeau says police feel the fight was viewed more as entertainment than as an assault.

“The fight was watched by over 20 of the students, which is really a concern to us and was videotaped by many others,’’ he said.

He says police take school violence seriously. Students should report any violence they witness or are subject to, he adds.

“The RCMP wants to take this opportunity to remind youth that all calls regarding school violence will be treated seriously and may result in criminal charges to anyone involved, not just those directly involved in the altercation,’’ police said in a statement.

“Assault is not entertainment.’’

However, Thibeau does not anticipate any charges being laid against students who videotaped Tuesday’s fight or stood on the sidelines watching and failing to come to the victim’s aid.