Youths, man charged after 14-year-old assaulted
Three youth and one adult have been charged with assault after a 14-year-old boy was allegedly attacked at an Innisfail park on Aug. 25.
Some people are referring to it as bullying incident. But Innisfail RCMP detachment commander Chris Matechuk said it wasn’t bullying.
“It was an isolated occurrence. It wasn’t an ongoing problem at all,” Matechuk said on Tuesday.
Matechuk said two young residents who knew each other got into a verbal argument at Raspberry Park. At about 8:25 p.m., one of them left and returned with friends.
The youth was allegedly assaulted with his own skateboard, which resulted in four stitches to the back of his head.
Three male youths, ages 14, 15, and 17, of Innisfail, are each charged with assault.
Connor Posner, 20, of Innisfail was charged with assault with a weapon and robbery and will make his first court appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 4.
The alleged victim is a member of a local football team and Innisfail Minor Football Association encouraged local students to wear orange on Tuesday to show him their support and to take a stand against bullying.
Innisfail Middle School principal Jay Steeves said it’s incorrect to label the assault as just bullying.
“This is above and beyond that as far as we’re concerned,” Steeves said.
He said his students already participate in an anti-bullying program, so students at the school were wearing orange as a sign of respect to the student and his family.
He estimated about 60 per cent of students wore something orange.