Two violent attacks including youth caught on video are raising issues about concerns of bullying in main Alberta neighborhoods.
It was an Easter Sunday that Jennifer Sears stated she will always remember. It was the day her 13-year-old child Jesse was strongly assaulted at a Fort Saskatchewan skate park.
“Horrified. I can’t believe that someone would just do this to another human being. I don’t understand why,” Sears stated.
“He was asked to come over to the skate park, and his friend was standing there videotaping and has the video running even before the child walks up behind my child and struck him.”
As quickly as she discovered, she called authorities and looked for medical assistance.
“We were taken to the hospital, to the Stollery, where he was assessed and put in a neck brace for two weeks and then to be reassessed by a neurosurgeon,” Sears stated.
No charges were laid. RCMP and the household stated actions remain in the works to guarantee an event like this doesn’t occur once again.
The household stated Jesse is still shaken however general is doing much better.
To develop additional awareness, an anti-bullying bicycle rider group held a flight near the skate park Sunday.
“We’re just here to spread awareness that bullying shouldn’t be tolerated,” president of Bullying Enns Steve Enns stated.
Another stunning video made the rounds on social networks, revealing a Black trainee being assaulted on April 16 by a couple of Rosslyn School trainees and others who were not from the school.
In a tweet, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson composed: “I’m extremely disturbed by the footage of Pazo’s attack. I’m glad to hear that Edmonton police and the Edmonton Public Schools are investigating. My hope is that the family finds justice soon.”
In a release, Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Darrel Roberston composed: “There is no place for these kinds of actions or language in our schools or community. We must continue to work together as a community and as a school division towards the elimination of systemic racism and violence.”
Edmonton Catholic Schools likewise released a declaration, stating the school district was provided videos on April 19 of an attack that occurred after school on April 16 near Rosslyn School.
“Two of our students were involved. Because of the violent nature and the racist language, we immediately involved the Edmonton Police Service and, in compliance with privacy legislation, provided the names of our students,” the declaration checked out.
“This is an extremely complex situation because it involves students from two school divisions and includes a police investigation. We have taken action in accordance with the Education Act and the school’s Student Conduct Policy. Due to privacy legislation, we cannot discuss specifics about the students or any related discipline. We continue to work closely with Edmonton Public Schools and support the Edmonton Police Service in their criminal investigation.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rosslyn student and his family. Racism and violence have no place in our society. Every member of our community has a right to live their lives free from racism and violence.”
As for Jesse, he hopes his story will assist make a distinction.
“He’s nervous from this incident but wants to help to raise the awareness,” Sears stated.